Murphy strikes Highland gold with Ayr Fantastic Four
Apprentice sensation rides 9,260-1 sequence while veteran trainer Easterby bows out
Monday 23 September 2013
The Fantastic Four evidently falls short of the Magnificent Seven, but apprentice Oisin Murphy’s feat in riding four winners from four mounts at Ayr on Saturday, at accumulative odds of 9,260-1 and starting with the small matter of Scotland’s premier Flat race of the year, the 26-runner Ayr Gold Cup, deserves to enter folklore somewhere alongside Dettori (L).
After Highland Colori ploughed the same stands rail furrow to win the Gold Cup at 20-1 as Ancient Cross had done two races earlier to take the Silver pot, Murphy partnered the remaining victors on the card, Levitate (5-1), Silver Rime (20-1) and Cockney Sparrow (5-2), all in double-figure fields.
Murphy, apprenticed to Andrew Balding, the trainer of Highland Colori and whose family contributed Lochangel to the Magnificent Seven (not to mention winning the Ayr Gold Cup in 1992 with her half-sister, Lochsong, who went on to become a champion sprinter) was understated about his afternoon’s work. “I came over here in October last year and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way things have gone. I model myself on David Probert and William Buick, you could not have two better role models,” Murphy said, in reference to two former Balding apprentices. “Mr Balding took me into the office yesterday morning and drew a diagram of what I should do in the race – go straight for three furlongs and then edge over to the rails for the last quarter-mile, and it all worked out.”
Ancient Cross defied top weight to win the Silver Cup for the veteran trainer Mick Easterby, who used the occasion to announce his intention to hand the reins over to his son David at the end of the season.
Easterby, 82, who has trained in Yorkshire since 1961, is best known for the exploits of Mrs McArdy, the 1978 1,000 Guineas winner, and the champion sprinter of 1976, Lochnager, whose career embodies Easterby’s canny approach. A 600gns purchase, Lochnager won under top weight at Catterick in the summer of 1975, then scored again next time out when propping up the handicap at Ascot’s Heath meeting, a good thing that day. He became the sire of Peckitt’s Well, the dam of Lochsong and Lochangel.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Latest in Sport
Luis Suarez: Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
West Brom vs Manchester United: Latest score and Twitter updates, with Stephane Sessegnon, Marouane Fellaini, Saido Berahino and Daley Blind on target
Arsenal vs Hull: Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan lead criticism of Arsene Wenger after 'uncomfortable' interview with Jacqui Oatley
Adel Taraabt criticism from QPR boss Harry Redknapp sparked by player walking out of team meeting prior to Liverpool game
- 3 Are you ready for Crazy Doritos, the red-hot snack food craze sweeping Mexico’s streets?
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...
£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...
£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...