Red hot Murphy brings up his half century of winners with a double at Newbury

By Peter Moore at Newbury Tuesday 25th June 2024

Current leader in the jockeys championship Oisin Murphy brought up his half century of winners by riding a double at Newbury on Tuesday.

The three times champion jockey rode Sweet Sonata to victory before shortly afterwards reaching the milestone by steering Flaming Stone to win the 7f novice stakes.

The two-year-old Sweet Sonata just got the better of Dear Cat by a neck for trainer Rod Millman, but it was Flaming Stone who looked very impressive by landing another 7f novice stakes for fillies.

Six runners went to post, with little to separate the two market contenders Flaming Stone and newcomer Flight.

However, experience shone through with Murphy pulling clear of the field to win by a comfortable four lengths.

Rewind the opening race of the card the 1m 3f apprentice handicap stakes back to twelve months ago when Lucky’s Dream was beaten by a head. Today, the nine-year-old gelding got his head in front to beat Golden Phase by three quarters of a length under Luke Catton.

Six-year-old Wahraan has certainly proved a quirky character in the past, but today we saw his true self when winning the 1m 4f handicap under Saffie Osborne for her father Jamie.

Yantarni, was bidding for a hat trick after winning back to back handicaps at Lingfield. Despite carrying top weight and playing up in the stalls, the five-year-old duly made it three wins in a row after taking the 7f handicap under William Buick.