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Four-star Oisin Murphy shines at Newmarket


Jockey Oisin Murphy

Jockey Oisin Murphy

Jockey Oisin Murphy

Oisin Murphy was celebrating at Newmarket when enjoying a near 308-1 four-timer as he took the July Course by storm.

Murphy got the ball rolling through the Andrew Balding-trained Fortune's Pearl (12-1), taking the Farm & Stable TRM Distribution EBF Novice Stakes by a head.

More success followed for the Kingsclere handler and Murphy, with Torcello (7-4) collecting the Equine Supplements You Can Trust Handicap by a length and a quarter and Rely On Me (4-1) taking the concluding Invest In Calphormin Handicap by three-quarters of a length.

William Haggas' Dynamic (8-11 favourite) had proved to be just that when overcoming a 307-day absence in the Horse Requisites Newmarket Stockist Of TRM Maiden Stakes to form leg three of Murphy's haul.

Murphy said: "I have ridden four winners in one day on different cards, but I've not done it on one since at Ayr when I was an apprentice.

"To have Sheikh Juma (Dalmook Al Maktoum) here and ride a winner for him is important and to ride a winner for Sheikh Fahad on the same day is great, as they are two big supporters of mine.

"I am gutted to miss winners like Montaly (Lonsdale Cup winner at York), but I am delighted for Andrew Balding as it is a real team effort.

"We always thought Fortune's Pearl was a quality animal and coming here we thought he would run well."

Murphy will bid for back-to-back wins on Lightning Spear in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday, and added: "It's a trappy race and there are only six runners so I'm sure it's going to be tactical. It's up to me to get it right."

Harry Eustace, assistant trainer to Haggas, said of Dynamic: "She just picked up a bit of a setback at the back-end of last year. She was a nice enough filly and we didn't want to rush her back.

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"I am delighted she has won like we thought she would do."

Trips to Headquarters are few and far between for Colm O'Donoghue, but his latest visit proved to be a worthwhile one as Expressiy (11-4) made it second-time lucky in the TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes.

Winning trainer Charlie Appleby said: "Colm rode for us in Dubai and as Martin Lane was riding for Saeed (Bin Suroor) later on I didn't want to drag someone here to ride just the one so I got Colm over to ride all three and make it a day out for him.

"He gave her a great ride. She had a nice introduction at Ascot and I was confident coming into today. He kept it simple and I was confident she would see the trip out."

While trainer John Mackie had to settle for second best with Lunar Jet, the Church Broughton handler enjoyed happier fortunes after Fire Jet (14-1) stepped up markedly on her previous effort when grinding out victory by a neck in the TBA Centenary Fillies' Handicap.

Mackie said: "It's great to be able to get a full-brother and sister running on the same day. They are bred by the owner and have both run fantastic races. I am over the moon.

"Last time at Newbury Silvestre de Sousa rode her and she got squeezed early doors, she travelled OK but didn't pick up at all. We really did scratch our heads."

Vitamin (5-2) may not have any big-race entries next to her name but that could be set to change after she made her second start a winning in division two of the seven-furlong maiden to form the opening leg of a double for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Tom Marquand.

Whip Nae Nae (6-1) ended his search for a first win on turf when providing Hannon and Marquand with more glory in the trmsupplements.co.uk Handicap.

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