Welcome to our jockey profile of Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy:
Name – Oisin Murphy
Date of Birth – 6 September 1995
Birthplace – Dublin
Riding Weight – 8 stone 5lb (53kg)
Murphy grew up in Killarney, County Kerry and his first love was showjumping. A move to County Cork to learn from his Uncle, three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winning rider and Gold Cup winning trainer Jim Culloty, sparked his interest in racing.
Murphy joined Andrew Balding’s stable in 2012 and he hit the headlines the following year when riding four winners, including the big race, on Ayr Gold Cup day.
He was Champion Apprentice in 2014 and won his first Group race aboard Hot Streak in the Temple Stakes.
He was appointed top jockey to Qatar Racing in 2016 for whom he rode Roaring Lion to four Group victories in 2018 and Kameko to Classic glory in the 2020 2000 Guineas.
Murphy has been Champion Jockey in Great Britain for the past two seasons.
Oisin Murphy – Key Jockey Stats
Murphy was an outstanding apprentice and rode 76 winners to claim the championship in 2014. It was the highest total achieved by an apprentice in Britain since Paul Hanagan rode 82 winners in 2002.
Oisin Murphy became Champion Jockey for the first time in 2019 when riding 168 winners.
He retained the title in 2020, a season compressed by the Covid Pandemic, riding 142 winners and finishing nine ahead of William Buick.
Oisin Murphy’s Big Race Wins
Oisin Murphy emerged from exciting talent to potential Champion Jockey when riding Highland Colori to victory in the 2013 Ayr Gold Cup. It was the highlight of a 9.260-1 four-timer and his services were soon in high demand.
He has enjoyed considerable success in the colours of Qatar Racing including Group race victories aboard Hot Streak, Lightning Spear and Simple Verse. The horse which really stands out is Roaring Lion, a talented grey with an electric burst of speed.
After a disappointing spring, the horse showed what he was capable of with an emphatic success in the Dante Stakes. He did not stay the Derby trip where he finished third to Masar but proceeded to rack up four successive Group 1 wins in the Eclipse, the International, Irish Champion Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Kameko provided a first British Classic for Murphy in 2020.
Oisin Murphy’s – Most Famous Victories
Kameko started 10-1 for the 2000 Guineas in 2020 with the betting focussing on Champion two-year-old Pinatubo. Andrew Balding had aimed Kameko at the race since he won the re-arranged Futurity Stakes at Newcastle Racecourse on his final start of 2019. Despite drifting to his right, Kameko had enough in reserve to hold Aidan O’Brien’s Wichita by a neck with the odds-on Pinatubo a length back in third.
Kameko was not able to maintain that level of form later in the season but Roaring Lion had gone from strength to strength in 2019. Fifth in the Guineas and third at Epsom, it became clear that the son of Kitten’s Joy was a ten-furlong horse and a very good one at that! Murphy knew that he could hold him up just off the pace and deliver him with that telling burst of speed in the final furlong. Perhaps the best of his victories was in the York International when he slaughtered Poet’s Word, the winner of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in his previous two races.
Oisin Murphy Rides
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Oisin Murphy is undoubtedly one of the most talented jockeys in the sport and was leading rider at Royal Ascot in 2021.
Already twice Champion Jockey, he speaks very eloquently and is very professional in his dealings with the media.
Very popular at home and abroad and a jockey to back with confidence.
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