Monday 5 December 2016

Year one

2008

Published 13/11/2010 | 05:00

With Duke Of Marmalade (left) delivering the newly ratified partnership a first Group One as early as April, things couldn't have got off to a better start, and there was to be no let up, as Ballydoyle sent out a then record 23 Group One winners, with Murtagh partnering 17 of those.

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Year two

2009

Not quite as glorious as year one, with Sea The Stars stealing the limelight, but O'Brien and Murtagh recorded eight top-level successes together, including Yeats' record-breaking fourth Ascot Gold Cup (left), while Murtagh finished the season as champion jockey for the first time in 11 years.

Year three

2010

On the surface, a fine campaign, with the pair's 11 shared Group Ones including some great triumphs both at home and abroad - including the win of Cape Blanco (left) in the Irish Derby - but cracks in the relationship have been apparent since July, culminating in Murtagh's statement on Monday confirming he will not be renewing his contract.

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