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Inspired Connor Murtagh cuts loose at Newcastle

Thu 8 Feb 2018

Connor Murtagh redefined the well-worn cliche 'enterprising ride' with an unusual victory at Newcastle on Thursday.

Murtagh was aboard 5-1 shot Outlaw Torn in division two of a mile-and-a-quarter handicap for apprentice jockeys and quickly shuffled his companion into the lead.

But then things turned a little surreal as Outlaw Torn extended his advantage to fully 30 lengths at the halfway stage.

Newcastle racegoers must have expected the pack to close in, but Murtagh's inmate simply kept going and stayed on nicely to strike by seven lengths from 100-1 outsider Zarkavon.

Guest said: "He's an amazing horse, but the other jockeys in the field have completely gifted him the race.

"It's great from our point of view, but if you give a wonderful horse like Outlaw Torn that sort of an advantage, he is going to capitalise on it."

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