Oisin Murphy


My latest ‘RISING STAR’ jockey interview sees me talk to Oisin Murphy who seems to have been around for a while but has only just turned 21. He rose to prominence with a high profile 4-timer in September 2013 on Ayr Gold Cup Day including winning the feature on HIGHLAND COLORI receiving his prize below !
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His star profile has since risen to his current status as retained jockey by Qatar Racing

October 2016

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Date and Place of Birth

6th September 1995. Born in Killarney, County Kerry

Who inspired you to get into racing and when did you first realise you wanted to be a jockey

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My uncle, Jim Culloty (above aboard BEST MATE), watching him win his 3 Gold Cups, Irish National and English Grand National, i decided i wanted to ride when i was 15

When was your first actual race ride

Chepstow – May 2013

Who and where was your first winner and how many winners so far approximately

16 June 2013 at Salisbury for Andrew Balding on IMPERIAL GLANCE and i’ve ridden 350+ winners including in Dubai, Oz, Turkey, France, & UK

Which would you regard as your biggest win and what race would you like to win

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HOT STREAK in Haydock’s Temple Stakes 24th May 2014 and it is my dream to win the Arc

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What are your strengths and weaknesses

I don’t get nervous before races, what will be will be

My temperament, it’s important not to get angry but I’ve got a short fuse

Who are your jockey idols you look up to or maybe base yourself on

Kieren Fallon – he dominated flat racing when stable jockey at Ballydoyle. I still look up to him

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What time do you get up in the morning most days and what would be your average kind of day

If I’m riding out then I usually have to leave the house before 6am. If not, I stay in bed for as long as I can sleep

Which stable do you work for or ride out at the moment

Qatar Racing retain me so I get around the stables where their horses are trained

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Andrew Balding and Ralph Beckett are my biggest supporters.

Which racecourses do you like/dislike to ride

Doncaster is my favourite, I’ve had a lot of luck there

Pontefract, you can get good horses beat there

Who gives you your best advice

Davy Russell (below) once told me to keep my ears open and my mouth closed

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Favourite horse – that you have ridden and would like to have ridden

HOT STREAK at his best he’s the fastest horse I’ve ridden

CAMELOT – I used to see him everyday, he was a gorgeous horse

What is the best horse you have ever ridden (in a race or work)

The best horse I’ve ridden is RULER OF THE WORLD (below winning the Derby). I rode him most days as a 2 year old

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Who are your best pals in the weighing room

Silvestre De Sousa + Andrea Atzeni + Adam Beschizza

What’s worst part of the job

Managing my weight. It’s not easy

What hobbies or sports do you like to watch or play away from racing

I love Showjumping. As a child I used to dream about winning an Olympic Gold Medal for Ireland. I keep up to date with all the big international results and follow Bertram Allen and Richard Howley

Favourite Food & Drink

Roast Lamb + 7 Up

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TV Films

Violence + Gladiator


Justin Bieber + Ed Sheeran (below)

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Which course would you like to ride a winner at this year (even if you’ve already ridden a win there)

Curragh – it’s Ireland’s premier racecourse and I’ve been placed a few times there

How do you like and compare the different All-weather surfaces/courses

Lingfield + Chelmsford are pace tracks. I feel like I ride them well

Kempton is very fair. Can ride very slow though

Newcastle – headwind dictates things, stiff track

Southwell – Kickback is hard to face. Specialist track

Wolverhampton – 1 mile around. Surface rides well. Very fair track

If you weren’t a jockey what job do you think you would be doing now


Any embarrassing moments or funny stories you have been involved in

Too embarrassing to mention

If you were put in charge of racing for one day what changes would you make

Make it more friendly for children. I love to see kids at the races and in Ireland children put on small bets. I see nothing wrong with that and it gives them an interest to cheer on a horse.

What are your ambitions for the near future

I’d like to keep improving obviously. I’d love to win a Group 1, it would be a burden off my shoulders. Obviously I need to keep riding winners. Confidence is vital and winners are key

Can you give readers a horse to follow for the rest of the season 

Poet’s Vanity

My thanks and appreciation of his time go to Oisin and best of luck to him for the rest of the season

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