Murphy wants to try his hand at jumps racing
Three-time champion Flat jockey Oisin Murphy has expressed his desire to ride over jumps this winter. Despite his success on the level, Murphy is eager to pick up some National Hunt rides this season. With a background in showjumping and experience competing at prestigious events like Hickstead, the Irishman is looking to keep his skills sharp in a different discipline.
A comeback after suspension
Murphy, 28, recently made a successful comeback after serving a 14-month suspension. He was banned in February 2022 for failing alcohol breath tests and breaching Covid-19 protocols. However, he has returned to the saddle with great success, riding 158 winners on the Flat and earning over £5 million in prize money.
Granting of a dual licence
Earlier this year, Murphy was granted a dual licence, allowing him to ride both on the Flat and over jumps. Once the major Flat meetings, such as the Breeders' Cup, are over, he plans to focus on jumps racing and take advantage of the opportunities that come his way.
The influence of his uncle
Murphy's uncle, Jim Culloty, was a highly successful jumps jockey who won three Gold Cups and later became a successful trainer. Culloty is reportedly considering a return to training in the UK, and he has encouraged his nephew to pursue jumps racing. Murphy has expressed his admiration for his uncle's achievements and his desire to follow in his footsteps.
Excitement for a new challenge
Murphy is excited about the prospect of riding over jumps and competing in prestigious races like the Grand National. He has previously competed against top jumps jockeys like Harry Skelton in showjumping events and is ready to embrace the challenge of a new discipline. While he acknowledges that it may be up to jumps trainers to give him opportunities, he is determined to make the most of any chance that comes his way.
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