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Oisin Murphy seals third jockeys title on Champions Day at Ascot after thrilling battle with William Buick

isin Murphy admitted relief was his prime emotion after being crowned champion jockey for the third consecutive season on British champions Qipco’s day at Ascot.

The Killarney-born driver looked set for a comfortable defense of his title a few weeks ago, but a late charge from William Buick set up an exciting final.

Buick narrowed the lead to just one a few times earlier in the week, but a brace at Haydock on Friday saw Murphy start the final day with a decisive three-winner lead.

Buick hit Champions Day early with Creative Force in the big sprint to restore hope – but Adayar’s loss in the Champion Stakes ended his valiant pursuit of Murphy throughout the season.

Murphy said: “I’m over the moon and excited to cross the line. Thank you to my family and everyone – I have a huge support group.

“Last week I had a lot of people by my side. Frankie Dettori was there every day to make sure my morale was up and I used my instincts as usual which is essential.

“You have to make every ride count and I was short of opportunities. I managed to gratefully hold on at the end.”

However, things weren’t entirely straightforward for the 26-year-old, who last week was forced to give up racing at Newmarket after failing a breathalyzer test at a racetrack amid reports of ‘an incident in a pub the night before.

Murphy also still bears the scars of a nasty facial injury sustained in a fall in a parade ring in Salisbury last month.

Murphy added, “I think everyone knows I’m human and pretty honest. But I have to do better and I don’t want any issues surrounding my career. Let’s just focus on the winners and hopefully on another jockeys championship.


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