Oisin Murphy To Miss St Leger Meeting After Landing Seven Day Ban

Oisin Murphy

Current champion jockey Oisin Murphy is set to miss the St Leger meeting at Doncaster next month after picking up a seven day ban at Ayr on Monday afternoon.

The stewards at the Scottish track found the jockey guilty of careless riding and with this ban it could play a major part in this seasons championship with Murphy currently 18 winners ahead of his rival Tom Marquand.

Murphy partnered Tiritomba to a two-and-a-quarter-length win in the Shadwell Stud Maiden Stakes on Monday, but it looked like the the filly had drifted across and hampered second-placed Ricksen in the finish, prompting the stewards to take a look.

Murphy was seen to have “allowed his mount to drift left for a considerable time without sufficient correction causing (Ricksen’s rider Paul) Mulrennan to take a significant check and clip heels” and was banned for seven days for that offence.

Murphy’s suspension will take effect from September 7 to September 13 inclusive – ruling him out of Doncaster’s four-day meeting, meaning he could miss some key rides, especially in the Group One on the Saturday.