Rising star Oisin Murphy bags Doncaster hat-trick
Last Updated: 26/10/13 6:36pm
Oisin Murphy scores aboard Dungannon
Apprentice Oisin Murphy continued his irresistible rise with a 390/1 treble on Dungannon, Highland Colori and Soaring Spirits at Doncaster.
The Irish-born claimer hit the headlines with a four-timer on Ayr Gold Cup day last month and it was fitting that big-race winner Highland Colori figured in his three-timer on Town Moor.
Sent off the 15/8 favourite, he put several seasoned Group-race performers in their place as he came home three lengths clear of Sovereign Debt in the Racing Post iPad Conditions Stakes.
"He's an improving horse, we've an improving jockey and the trainer has done well too," said trainer Andrew Balding's father and retired Classic-winning handler, Ian.
"He's been effective at six and seven furlongs and if he goes on like this he could get a mile next year. He will also have to step up in class."
Murphy said: "I have to thank the owner and the boss for putting me up. They have helped put me on the map."
Murphy had brought up a century of winners for the Balding team when scoring on Dungannon (16/1) in the Bet Through The Racing Post Mobile App Handicap.
"He's such a good rider and this is a game little horse that's done us well," said Balding senior.
"I'm so pleased as it's the first time we've ever had a century of winners at Kingsclere. I never had more than 60 or 70 at the most and I'm so pleased for Andrew."
Murphy's treble was completed on Soaring Spirits (7/1) in the Universal Recycling Apprentice Handicap for trainer Roger Varian, who also won the feature Racing Post Trophy with Kingston Hill.
"A really special day. He's such a lovely horse and it's great for his owner John Collins who has come a long way to see him. It's a nice way to end the day," said the Newmarket trainer.
Thomas Hobson (9/2) could well return to Doncaster in two weeks' time for the November Handicap after winning for the fourth time in five starts.
The John Gosden-trained three-year-old stuck on stoutly for Rab Havlin in the gluey conditions to lift the Download The Racing Post Mobile App Handicap by a head from the staying-on Kashmir Peak.
Havlin said: "He's a very genuine horse and he's done nothing but improve all year. It's very testing ground that's drying out, but that's what he relishes.
"He was suited by the step up to a mile and a half last time and travelled well all the way today. He could be the right sort for the November Handicap. I said that three runs ago, but it's up to the boss."Roachdale House (5/2 favourite), like Kingston Hill a son of Mastercraftsman, strutted his stuff to win the crownhotel-bawtry.com Nursery.
Ryan Moore kept the Richard Fahey-trained youngster up to his work to score by two and a quarter lengths from Tancred.
"He's still a big baby. Tony (Hamilton) felt he didn't stay the mile at Ayr last time out," said Fahey's assistant Robin O'Ryan. "He suggested we brought him back in trip and he's a nice horse for the future."