Murphy turns on style
Joseph Murphy rocketed up the leaderboard to finish eighth at the Olympic Test Event in Greenwich Park, London yesterday thanks to two sensational show jumping rounds.
Riding the 12-year-old Chuckleberry, the 35-year-old joined Irish team-mate Jayne Doherty in the top-25 second-round decider when both went clear first time out.
But while Doherty and The Only One faltered with a fence down and an additional time fault at their second attempt, Murphy produced another class performance from the grey horse to improve 10 places from the overnight position of 18th.
On Monday, Murphy suffered the consequences of the crowd reaction to the target-setting dressage test produced by all-the-way winner Piggy French from Great Britain when his horse produced an edgy and uneven performance to slot into 26th place.
"I was very disappointed -- more with myself than the horse -- but he gave me a great ride cross-country yesterday and today he was brilliant even though there was a big atmosphere in the ring," said the rider who is based in Strangford Lough.
"He was so good in the first round that I was really looking forward to the second round. Robert Splaine (Irish show jumping Chef d'Equipe) congratulated me after the first round so I felt really good going back in!"