Oisin Murphy hits Salisbury four-timer to post new career-best tally

Thu 16 Aug 2018

Oisin Murphy continued what has been a season to savour in the saddle after surpassing his best yearly total with a near 162-1 four-timer at Salisbury on Thursday.

After claiming his first British Group One aboard Roaring Lion in last month’s Eclipse, the 22-year-old reached another landmark when chalking up his 131st winner of the year, beating his previous best of 127.

Murphy said: “It’s been brilliant and I just want to keep it going and find good horses. Roaring Lion was brillant in the Eclipse. The yearling sales are around the corner and we are are trying to find horses for next year.

“The aim is to ride as many as I can, stay injury free and keep on improving.”

Archie Watson has high hopes for Concello and the daughter of Society Rock illustrated why she is held in high regard after getting the ball rolling for Murphy with a length-and-three-quarters success in the Sorvio Insurance Brokers Maiden Auction Fillies’ Stakes.

The Lambourn handler said of the evens winner: “She is a lovely filly. She is still very green and raw. She ranks very highly among my fillies, as long she continue to improve.

“I’d imagine we would probably take in another novice before raising her sights. She is in races like the Rockfel and there is also the Radley and the Oh So Sharp. Those races are on the agenda if she progresses.”

Andrew Balding will try to pick up some black type with Lorelina (100-30) after the four-year-old backed up win at Chester last time with a half-length verdict under Murphy in the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap.

The Kingsclere handler said: “She loves soft ground and when it started raining, we were hopeful she would run well.

“She just keeps on improving as she tries hard. She is probably entitled to have a go at black type now.

“There is a possibility that a mile-and-a-half Listed race at Chester might work.”

Highland Pass (11-4) may not be in the same league as her Group One-winning half-brother Elm Park, but she had no trouble providing Murphy and Balding with further success in the Rob Barlow 50th Birthday Celebration Handicap by four and a half lengths.

Balding added: “She is a half-sister to Elm Park and Brorocco. She has been disappointing really. This ground was no problem for her.”

The Hughie Morrison-traind Belated Breath (4-1) showed no signs of a long season catching up with her after she registered a five-length triumph for Murphy in the Bill Garnett Memorial Fillies’ Handicap.

Racegoers were not the only ones left surprised by the nine-length victory of 20-1 shot Rise Hall in the MJ Church Novice Stakes, with winning rider Callum Shepherd equally as confused by the improved performance put up by the Martyn Meade-trained son of Frankel.

He said: “He has been pretty poor in his first two starts, but I had been told he had gone well in headgear at home. I’m probably as confused as you are. Hopefully he will go on from here.”

Making the running proved no issue for the Charlie Appleby-trained Winds Of Fire after the 4-5 shot gained his first win on turf when taking the Kevin Hall & Pat Boakes Handicap by two lengths.

William Buick, winning jockey, said: “It was the first time he made the running. He stays well and didn’t mind the ground.”

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