Oisin Murphy has really come of age in the last two years and looks destined to compete for Group 1 races and Jockeys Championship titles for the next 20 years. The nephew of three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Jim Culloty, Murphy grew up in Killarney, Ireland, and was a show rider before becoming a professional jockey in 2013.
He instantly put his name out there with a famous four-timer on Ayr Gold Cup day in September 2013 and enjoyed more success in Australia later that year under Danny O’Brien.
Murphy would win his first Group race with Hot Streak in the Temple Stakes in May 2014 and became champion apprentice later that year. It was 2016 when the Irishman was announced as retained rider for Qatar Racing, a move that would propel his career.
Although he had a slightly frustrating 2017 campaign, he did manage to land a Group 1 victory in Canada for Andrew Balding with Blond Me. In 2018, he enjoyed his best year to date, with Roaring Lion winning four Group 1 races including the Irish Champion Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Also, Lightning Spear landed the Sussex Stakes, Royal Marine took the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere and Benbatl was a two-time winner at the highest level in the Bayerisches Zuchtrennen and the Dubai Sheema Classic.
With Roaring Lion retired to stud, Grade 1 horses have been harder to find in 2019 but did land his first of the season in the Falmouth Stakes on Veracious at Newmarket’s July meeting.