Oisin Murphy: A jockey whose talents can’t be underestimated

Spotz Point discusses every bit of reason to present Oisin Murphy as one of the most underestimated jockeys in the world right now.

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Much was made of the individual battle between two of the best jockeys in flat racing this summer, Oisin Murphy and William Buick, as they both enjoyed a season to remember. It was always going to be close. It was always going to be dramatic. The personal battle in the British Flat jockeys' Championship remained neck and neck with both riders gaining wins at Chelmsford a few days prior to a crucial day at Ascot. The pair tore up the history books and defied all expectations before Murphy took over and seized the initiative.  

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In the end, it was to be a third straight Championship crown thanks to an invaluable Sealiway victory in the Champion Stakes, putting Murphy out of Buick’s reach in a close affair that will go down as one of the best in a season that was always in danger of being overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Oisin Murphy.

Rivalry between Oisin Murphy and William Buick

The rivalry between the pair Is exactly what flat racing needed. Buick’s glory in the Breeder’s Cup may not have healed all the wounds left by Murphy, but that burning desire to dust himself down and go again next season makes the build-up for another rematch that bit more interesting. While Murphy will enter as the favourite in the Betdaq horse racing tips, it will certainly be a close one to call. 

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Oisin Murphy off the field

Many might question his lifestyle choices and believe he isn’t a suitable role model for younger generations. But in terms of racing ability, his talent is simply undeniable. To win that many races over the course of a season, to remain that consistent week in and week out certainly takes some doing. However, his shortcomings off the race track can’t just be brushed under the carpet because he is enjoying a purple patch of form. In 2020 he was hit with a three-month ban for a positive drugs test and failed a breathalyser test ahead of Newmarket this season.  

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For someone who is supposed to be an ambassador for the sport, his off-track antics are doing little to cement his place in the history books as one of the best jockeys of all time. Having been involved in a drunken altercation described as a fracas in a Newmarket pub, but David Redvers was quick to jump to the jockey’s defence.  "Oisin’s really felt it this time, no question about it," he said: 

"Oisin’s a young man, we’ve known him since he was 17, since he was a boy really, and he’s still growing and developing as a man. Clearly, things have happened in the recent time that he has regrets about and will work hard to put right. I have no doubt that when the pressure of Champions Day is out of the way and he can breathe and regroup, that there will be changes made to his lifestyle and he’s going to look very hard at that." 

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Oisin Murphy - A legacy to continue?

For someone to have such an uplifting childhood story, going from a premature baby to champion jockey, it is disappointing to continuously see his name associated with the wrong things. Although, the way he performed when the going got tough was certainly a sight to behold. It will be interesting to see if he can show the consistency to replicate his results when the calendar comes back around again next year.