Monday 18 December 2017

Book open on O'Brien jockey

A LEADING bookmaker has opened a book on who will be the next stable jockey at Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle after Johnny Murtagh.

William Hill installed Pat Smullen as favourite at 6/4 after receiving "a number of requests for the market".

Christophe Soumillon is the 7/2 second favourite to get the job, while O'Brien's son Joseph is next in the betting at 5/1. Other candidates include Ryan Moore (11/2), Richard Hughes (7/1) and Olivier Peslier.

"We received a number of requests for the market on Sunday morning. It was a bit of a surprise because Johnny is doing such a great job at Ballydoyle," said Hill spokesman Tony Kenny.

Irish Independent

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