Oisin Murphy urged to make “lifestyle changes” after admitting pub fracas

Oisin Murphy was crowned champion jockey for the third time at Ascot on Saturday. Sealiway (12-1) caused an upset in the feature and Jim Crowley bagged a treble

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Shocking moment Oisin Murphy is thrown from horse

Oisin Murphy has told fans he “needs to do better” after winning the jockeys’ title again amid negative headlines.

The rider, crowned champion for the third time at Ascot on Saturday, admitted his involvement in a Newmarket pub fracas.

Speaking to the Daily Mail about October 7, the night before he failed a breathalyser test at the town’s racecourse, he said yesterday: “The bottom line is I’ve been honest with everyone. I allow the jockeys’ championship and riding poorly to affect my personality.

“I need to deal with the bad days better and not turn to alcohol to delete those days.”

Murphy was pressed by his weighing room colleague William Buick in the closing stages of the championship.

The gap between them was narrowed to one winner this week, however Murphy was three ahead going into Qipco British Champions Day.

Oisin Murphy celebrates becoming champion jockey for the third time at Ascot



Buick could not claw back the deficit, despite winning the Champions Sprint Stakes on Creative Force (11-2).

After securing his jockeys’ title hat-trick, Murphy was asked on ITV Racing what his message was for his supporters after recent events, including the failed breath test.

“I think everyone knows that I’m human and I’m quite honest, but I need to do better and I don’t want any issues surrounding my career and let’s just focus on trying to ride winners and hopefully win another jockeys’ championship,” he said.

David Redvers, manager for Murphy’s principal employers Qatar Racing, gave their support to the rider, whose facial injuries from a shocking fall a fortnight ago are still healing.

“It has been a really high pressure tense end to the season,” he said on Racing TV.

“Oisin is a young man, we have known him since he was 17, he is still growing and developing as a man.

“And clearly there are things that 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 the 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 work very hard at that.”

First prize in the feature contest on the card, the Qipco Champion Stakes, went to France via 12-1 shot Sealiway.

Mickael Barzalona after riding Sealiway to win the Qipco Champion Stakes



The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe fifth scored by a length, as both of the market principals Mishriff and Adayar failed to fire.

Sealiway’s win was not a shock to trainer Cedric Rossi, who said via a translator: “He recovered really well from the Arc because that was a mid-seasonal reappearance and we came here with the thoughts of winning it.”

Jim Crowley riding Baaeed (blue/white) to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes from Frankie Dettori’s mount Palace Pier



Race-riding honours on the day went to Jim Crowley, who celebrated a 299-1 treble.

Baaeed, Aldaary and Eshaada won in the Shadwell colours, made famous by late owner Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum.

“I’m sure Sheikh Hamdan is looking down,” Crowley said.

“It’s so sad that he can’t be here because he would absolutely have been buzzing today. He loves Ascot. Hopefully his daughter, Sheikha Hissa, is watching and she will be over the moon.”

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