Oisin Murphy set to miss St Leger meeting with seven-day ban

Mon 24 Aug 2020
 Murphy faces seven days on the sidelines (Focusonracing)
Murphy faces seven days on the sidelines (Focusonracing)

Oisin Murphy's pursuit of a second champion jockeys' title took a hit on Monday with the news that he is set to miss next month’s Pertemps St Leger Festival after being given a seven-day suspension for careless riding.

Murphy partnered Tiritomba to a two-and-a-quarter-length win in the Shadwell Stud Maiden Stakes on Monday – but the filly appeared to drift across second-placed Ricksen in the finish, prompting the stewards to take a look.

Murphy was judged to have “allowed his mount to drift left for a considerable time without sufficient correction causing (Ricksen’s rider Paul) Mulrennan to take a significant check and clip heels” and was banned for seven days.

The rider ended the day 18 winners ahead of Tom Marquand in the jockeys’ championship.

The stewards report to the British Horseracing Authority confirmed that Murphy’s suspension will take effect from September 7 to September 13 inclusive – ruling him out of Doncaster’s four-day meeting.

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