Prosecution gives Johnny Murtagh a first winner under National Hunt rules

Fri 29 Nov 2019

Former champion Flat jockey Johnny Murtagh saddled his first winner under National Hunt rules when Prosecution got off the mark over hurdles at Limerick.

Murtagh has been training primarily on the Flat since retiring from the saddle, and while he only has two hurdlers, the other, Baba Boom, is owned by JP McManus.

“It is my first winner over jumps and it’s great,” said Murtagh, following the victory of his 9-2 chance in the Annual Membership Only EUR 120 At Limerick Racecourse Rated Novice Hurdle.

“Paul McKeon owns him and we bought him for the Flat, but he has been frustrating.

“He is a horse with plenty of ability, it has taken him a while to jump, but I thought recently he had been a bit slicker over them and he handles soft ground, so he looks an ideal type for hurdles.

“There are plenty of hurdles on the Curragh and the last few weeks the lads have been doing plenty of schooling with him and we were happy with him.

“He is learning as he goes along and Liam (McKenna, jockey), whom I’ve just met, said he jumped well and quickened up well.

“I’m absolutely thrilled!”

He added: “Beggars can’t be choosers and I’m open for all business now – I run Baba Boom for JP McManus over hurdles on Saturday (at Fairyhouse) and they are the only two jumpers we have.”

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