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Murphy takes grip on jockeys' championship with Salisbury treble

Thu 13 Aug 2020

Oisin Murphy ramped up the pressure on title-chasing rivals trying to dethrone him as champion jockey with a near 31-1 treble at Salisbury.

The Classic-winning rider extended his advantage at the top of the Flat Jockeys' Championship with his third treble this month – and second in successive days – as he continues to make a one-person race of an event which at one stage looked closely fought.

Having trimmed Murphy from 2-5 into 1-4 to defend his title earlier in the day, William Hill were forced to cut the 24-year-old further into 2-9.

Crazy Luck (5-1) got the ball rolling for Murphy when taking the step up to seven furlongs in her stride to win the Crouch’s Down Maiden Auction Fillies’ Stakes by a length and three-quarters.

Winning trainer Rod Millman said: “She has always been a nice filly and done everything correctly.

“She got in behind and had a few traffic problems first time out – but that didn’t do any harm, because it was a nice first experience.

“She has come here, really enjoyed it and done her job probably. I expect she will go down the nursery route now.”

Sidereal cast aside his rivals by three and a quarter lengths in the Federation Of Bloodstock Agents Novice Stakes to give Murphy and trainer Andrew Balding the first of two winners together.

Murphy said of the 11-4 shot: “He relaxed in front, and Andrew Balding’s horses are in very good form. I think there are lots of upsides to him. He will stay further and he clearly doesn’t mind any type of ground.”

Only two went to post for the Kevin Hall & Pat Boakes Memorial Handicap, but in the midst of a thunderstorm it produced arguably the finish of the day – with Iron Heart getting the better of Gentleman At Arms by three-quarters of a length to complete Balding’s double and Murphy’s three-timer.

Murphy said of the 2-5 winner: “His work has been smart. He ran a good race at Newmarket last time behind Grand Bazaar, who is an improving horse.

“I’m really pleased he has won, and he can go on to better things.”

Ryan Tate celebrated the biggest win of his career after steering Alpinista to a front-running success in the British Stallion Studs EBF Upavon Fillies’ Stakes.

The 27-year-old jockey kept things simple out in the lead almost throughout aboard the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Frankel filly to strike gold in the mile-and-a-quarter Listed feature.

The 12-1 shot dictated matters before finding plenty from the sharp end to defeat the hat-trick seeking Award Scheme by three and a quarter lengths.

Tate said: “That is the first black-type race I’ve won. It has been a while coming, and I’m very happy to get that monkey off my back.

“It was a great opportunity given to me by the boss, and thank you to the owners for letting me ride her.

“She has always been a very nice filly at home and thankfully she is progressing the right way – and there is plenty more left in the locker.”

With an abundance of stamina in Alpinista’s pedigree, Tate was confident the front-running tactics he deployed could be winning ones.

He added: “Sir Mark has trained all the family, and he is very well versed in the pedigree, and they stay all day. It was always a case of putting the race to them – and if she was good enough she would win.

“I felt I had a nice lead in front, but she quickened well and put the race to bed. She had her ears pricked a good while up the straight and kept on stoutly.”

Quick ground at the Wiltshire track helped to rule out four of the 12 originally declared for the race, but Tate confirmed it was no hindrance to Alpinista.

He added: “She hasn’t got much of a high knee action on her and she is slightly built, so you would think she would probably weaken a bit in testing conditions. Today, she has skipped along nicely.”

"A really accomplished ride" was how Lydia Hislop saw it as Alpinista wins

While Tate has had to wait patiently to secure his first Listed winner, he was delighted it came aboard a horse trained by Newmarket handler Prescott.

He said: “I’ve been with Sir Mark for three seasons now. He is a pioneer of the game and true gentleman. I couldn’t have asked for a better boss.

“To ride your first black-type winner for the boss makes it that bit more special.”

Amazon Princess rewarded Tony Newcombe’s gamble to run her in the Whiteparish Handicap, prevailing by a neck.

Newcombe said of the 11-2 shot: “I don’t think she enjoyed the ground one little bit. It was touch and go whether we were going to run her.

“I followed the radar overnight, and they gave rain here at 3am this morning –  which didn’t come.

“We declared her at Chepstow, hoping for some ease in the ground on Saturday. The owner made the call to run today, and it has worked. This was her ‘Derby’ today.”

Almareekh made it a hat-trick of wins for the campaign with a decisive five-length success in the British Stallion Studs EBF Odstock Fillies’ Handicap.

Jim Crowley, rider of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained 3-1 shot, said : “It was rattling ground quick ground out there.

“She is by War Front and she bounced off it, when a lot of the others probably didn’t go on it.”

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