Oisin Murphy To Return At Chelmsford On Thursday

Three-time champion jockey Oisin Murphy, who is confirmed to ride Group 1 winner Missed The Cut (Quality Road) during the G1 Saudi Cup meeting, will have his first ride back in the UK at Chelmsford on Thursday.

Murphy, who is returning to the saddle after a 14-month ban for alcohol and covid protocol breaches, will be aboard The Horse Watchers syndicate’s Jupiter Express (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) in the Winning Connections Networking H. at Chelmsford for trainer Mick Appleby. Gavin Horne will continue his association with Murphy.

“Gavin had asked Mick if there was anything he could ride when he was available,” said The Horse Watchers syndicate’s Chris Dixon.

“Tom Marquand rode Jupiter Express to be second last time, but he’s in Australia now so the jockey who rode him last time wasn’t there and this was an opportunity for him to have a ride when he came back.

“Mick was always going to support him, he’s ridden plenty of winners for him over the years–and us–so when a top jockey is available we are not afraid to use them. We’re happy to give him his first ride back.

“He’s been freshened up since his last run as he’d been a little busy and we’d aimed at this card ever since really. He’s got a decent chance, he’s in good form and hopefully there’s a little bit of mileage in his handicap mark.”

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