Jockey Oisin Murphy grateful for opportunity


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Jockey Oisin Murphy admits he is fortunate to have the opportunity to ride Roaring Lion as he targets a maiden Group One success in Britain on Saturday.

Murphy already boasts Group One victories in France, Canada and Dubai over the past 12 months, however, he is yet to top the bill on British soil.

The 22-year-old has struggled on his two most recent outings at Windsor, finishing fifth and seventh, but he has the chance to get back to winning ways this weekend.

He will head to Sandown for the Coral-Eclipse on Saturday to go up against the likes of Masar, Saxon Warrior and Happily.

After finishing behind Masar in the Craven Stakes, the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby, Murphy is hoping to finally help Roaring Lion, who is priced at 3.25 to win the Coral-Eclipse, to come out on top.

The jockey admits that Happily will be a big threat to their chances but insists he will make the most of the opportunity.

Murphy told At The Races: “The weight-for-age is huge and obviously Happily would get the sex allowance on top of that.

“It’s exciting. I’m very fortunate to partner horses like Roaring Lion and I want to make the most of it.

“Sheikh Fahad is one of the biggest owners in the world, he deserves success like this and I want to give it to him.”

Murphy will need to ensure he stays out of trouble during the rest of this week with 20 rides booked in at Kempton, Newbury and Sandown over the next three days.

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