Oisin Murphy vows to rein it in after being crowned the season’s top jockey ahead of rival William Buick… with 26-year-old promising to ‘do better’ off track following recent pub fracas
- Oisin Murphy has the backing of his owners despite his recent off-track antics
- 26-year-old Murphy was crowned as the season’s top Jockey on Saturday
- The champion jockey was involved in an alcohol-fuelled altercation last week
The Qatar Racing employers of Oisin Murphy have promised to stand by their retained jockey as he makes changes to his lifestyle after his third champion jockey title was overshadowed by stories of his antics away from the track.
Murphy, 26, was unsuccessful on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday but crowned the season’s top jockey by pipping William Buick – who was successful on Creative Force in the Champions Sprint – by two wins (153-151).
Champions Day morning had dawned with stories of Murphy being involved in an alcohol-fuelled altercation in a Newmarket pub last week – the night before he failed a breathalyser test at the town’s track and was forced to miss his rides.
Oisin Murphy was crowned the season’s top jockey by pipping William Buick by just two wins
Murphy’s victory has however been overshadowed by his recent antics away from the track
BAAEED MAKES IT SIX ON THE RUN
Baaeed extended his unbeaten career to six races with a neck victory over Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
Beating a rival who had gone into the race as the top-rated miler in Europe was a fitting climax to a brilliant first season for the colt trained by William Haggas and ridden by Jim Crowley, who only made his debut in a Leicester maiden in June.
Crowley said: ‘Baaeed could be a world champion. He’s a beast and keeps getting better. People forget he’s come such a long way in a short space of time. It’s a buzz to ride a horse that good.’
It was the second time in his career that Murphy has failed a pre-race breathalyser test.
David Redvers, racing manager to the Qatar Racing operation of Sheik Fahad Al Thani and his brothers, said: ‘Oisin is still growing and developing as a man. Clearly things have happened in the recent time that he regrets and will work hard to put right.
‘I have no doubt when the pressure of Champions Day is out of the way and he can breathe and regroup that there will be changes made to his lifestyle and he’s going to look very hard at that.
‘Oisin is exhausted and puts himself under huge pressure. We all make mistakes. It has been difficult and obviously it’s disappointing for everybody that stories in the press have detracted from what is an absolutely unbelievable achievement.’
Murphy gave no indication that the draining title battle had diminished his appetite to launch a bid for a fourth title in 2022.
He said: ‘It is fantastic to lift this trophy again, it is a dream come true. William is one of the best riders in the world and it has been very tough. I am 26 years old and I still feel like a child. I will have to keep trying for a few more years.
‘I think everyone knows that I’m human and quite honest. But I need to do better and I don’t want any issues surrounding my career.’
Buick has had a fantastic season with, winning King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Adayar – who only finished fifth in the Champion Stakes on Saturday behind Sealiway – as well as victories in the Irish Derby and St Leger on Hurricane Lane.
His first title at the age of 33 had been agonisingly within touching distance but Buick said: ‘I gave it everything I had. I will not look back with any ifs, buts and maybes.’
He has vowed to ‘do better’ so that his behaviour off the track does not dominate his career