Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 23rd 2013 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, September 23, 2013
Were you there, among a 12000 crowd
that witnessed the truly remarkable per-
formance by 18-year-old jockey, Oisin
Murphy, in the history of our Sport Of
Kings last Saturday, when this Irish lad
landed a 9620/1 four-timer in the space
of an hour and forty minutes, his only
Included was 20/1 Ayr Gold Cup winner,
Highland Colori, and a long-priced fluke
eight-year-old trained by Scottish lass,
Linda Perratt, who at one time trained her
horses on this very racecourse.
Talk about everything he touched turn-
ing to gold Murphy completely dominated
the last four races on the Cup programme,
nigh on crushing bookies, who earlier had
loved him, with success on heavily-backed
favourite, Cockney Sparrow, in the seventh
and final race of what was a fabulous three-
Unbelievable, absolutely incredible and
Murphy only took out an apprentice license
to ride here, in June!
Lester Piggott rode his first winner aged
twelve and went onto become a legend,
what lies ahead for this remarkable young
lad who looks so natural on a thorough-
Last week Murphy s guv nor. Andrew
Balding, mentioned "protecting his 5lbs
claim, restricting rides only to race-rides
Oisin has one ride today, New Forest,
at Leicester in the "aged" five furlongs
handicap, trained by Balding!
Sefaat goes on a retrieval mission (mine!)
in the Fillies Nursery over six furlongs of
the Midlands track today when ground
conditions are expected to be good for
an eight-race programme.
This was my favourite racecourse, just
a few miles from home(s) in a famous city
where I ve lived all my life; they sold land
and lost the straight mile but it s a lovely
galloping course which has been well-
Some real "beauts" have been introduced
at this Oadby track and a few days ago
one walked part of it, memories came
flooding back of wonderful times and those
who have, sadly, passed on; it wasn t dif-
ficult to reminisce, the old "blue" stand
is still the main vantage point, housing a
derelict commentator s box and a "new"
press room which was formerly part of an
attic. Sir Gordon Richards would still know
his way round!
Lack of (any!) investment is illustrated
by the antiquated look but on that day a
pensioner enjoyed the "old" feel without
wanting to repeat the experience; I ll be
watching Sefaat attempt to go one better
from the comfort of my home which is
Sefaat should have won a similar race
at Chepstow last month when her jockey
was negative tactically and then weak as
dishwater in the finish won by Intense
Feeling. Paul Hangan takes over and Sefaat
William Buick believes the Balding family s
faith in young jockeys is giving Oisin Murphy the
best possible grounding to his fledgling career.
Buick spent his formative years at Kingsclere
under the wing of trainer Andrew and his father
Ian which helped him become joint champion
apprentice in 2008 along with another Balding
prodigy David Probert, before going on to be stable
jockey to John Gosden.
Murphy, 18, is the latest off the production line
and the five pounds claimer hit the headlines with
an incredible 9,260-1 four-timer at Ayr on Saturday.
The Killarney-born rider took his tally for the
season to 28 by winning on all his four mounts at
the Scottish track.
Not content with striking on Highland Colori
(20-1) for the Balding stable in the William Hill
Ayr Gold Cup, he went on to win on Levitate (5-
1 joint-favourite), Silver Rime (20-1) and Cockney
Sparrow (5-2 favourite).
"It was very good to see. A four-timer on Ayr
Gold Cup days is a good effort and he rides well,"
"Obviously he won a big race yesterday in the
Ayr Gold Cup. It s nice to see and he s in the right
"Andrew, Ian and the whole family are very good
with young jockeys and I think Andrew is right in
keeping him in better class races and trying to pre-
serve his claim.
"It makes sense. He ll have it for next year and
it s good to use in handicaps. It was great for him
and great for Andrew and the family. They really
are fantastic with young jockeys.
"They put a lot of trust into young jockeys. They
let you get on with it. When you re young and
learning your trade you make mistakes but you
always get a second chance. That s always vital
when you re young."
Balding had made the decision earlier in the
week to keep Murphy away from riding in the
smaller races and it paid dividends immediately.
"We were just anxious he was riding a lot of
winners and not Saturday winners which was why
we brought in the embargo about him not riding
in the lower grade races and just wasting his claim,"
the trainer told At The Races.
"He showed everyone how good he is on Saturday.
It s an incredible performance for any jockey to
ride four winners on the Ayr Gold Cup card but
as a five pounds claimer it really is a special achieve-
"He s no mug and I ve sat him down on a couple
of occasions to say it was all going a little quicker
than ideal and he was very receptive. I think Sat-
urday summed it up for him. I think he knows now
the difference between riding a big winner and just
riding a winner round Southwell.
"It is important for him to get that experience
and I m hoping his claim hasn t gone by Ascot next
year. If it s gone after that we can crack on but
we ll try and conserve it a little bit as that will be
to his long-term advantage."
Aidan O Brien has four horses "in the
mix" for the Prix de l Arc de Triomphe
with running plans likely to be firmed up
The Ballydoyle trainer is seeking a second
Arc after Dylan Thomas in 2007, and at this
stage can call on Ruler Of The World, Lead-
ing Light, Kingsbarns and Camelot, although
ground conditions are crucial to the latter.
Epsom Derby hero Ruler Of The World
stated his case when narrowly beaten in the
Prix Niel, while Queen s Vase winner Leading
Light landed the Ladbrokes St Leger at Don-
caster to earn a possible supplementary
entry for the Longchamp showpiece on
One-time Derby favourite Kingsbarns has
had just one run since winning last year s
Racing Post Trophy, that when a heavily-
eased last of six in the Irish Champion Stakes
O Brien said: "It would be a big call after
Leopardstown and he s also in the Champion
Stakes at Ascot. We have always thought
the world of him, he seemed to bang his
knees together crossing the road down the
back straight at Leopardstown. Joseph
(O Brien) waited about a furlong to see if
his action would come back but the race
was over then and he looked after him."
O Brien added that he was likely to be
represented by Wonderfully in the Shadwell
Fillies Mile at Newmarket on Friday but
that Darwin and Cristoforo Colombo were
set to bypass the Joel Stakes on the same
Trainer Dermot Weld also declared himself
pleased with Rite Of Passage following a
piece of work after racing at Gowran.
The talented but fragile nine-year-old
has not run since winning the Qipco British
Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot
That run at the Berkshire venue was just
his second start after winning the Gold Cup
there in 2010. He does hold an entry in this
year s Long Distance Cup on October 19.
Pat Smullen s mount took a lead off Unac-
companied and finished upsides after a
steady gallop over a circuit of the Gowran
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 5 5 16
02OLDLADY 9 5 4 18
03CARRIAGE 7 2 5 14
04DEADMAN 4 7 5 16
05 PARSONMAN 6 3 4 13
15 SICKWOMAN 4 9 4 17
18 WATERBOAT 5 9 4 17
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 5 10 8 23
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUMMAN 8 4 12 23
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 6 6 5 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to September 21
7 (Hog) 10.30 am
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man) 1 pm
32 (Shrimp) 10.30 am
36 (Donkey) 1 pm
22 (Rat) 6.30 pm
Sefaat on a retrieval mission
9.00 Sefaat (nap-e.w)
10.00 Stars Above Me
Oisin Murphy...recorded a hat-trick at Ayr on
O'Brien outlines Arc options
Rite of Passage...trained
well on the weekend.
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