Oisin Murphy to Miss St Leger Meeting

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Oisin Murphy | Scoop-Dyga

After opting not to appeal a seven-day suspension from Sept. 7-13, Oisin Murphy will miss the Pertemps St Leger Festival at Doncaster (Sept. 9-12). Ayr stewards suspended the rider for careless riding aboard winner Tiritomba in Monday's Shadwell Stud Maiden S.

“It is going to be difficult to sit a week out, but if the stewards on the day feel I deserve to get a week's suspension, it is likely the [British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel] will agree with them. I don't want to waste anyone else's time or my own time by sitting there on a Zoom call for two and a half hours. Although it is very tough to take, I've just got to accept it.”

In regards to the incident, Murphy, who leads this year's riders' championship, added, “The horse hung fire and I didn't pick my stick up and I never took my hands off the reins. There is actually a photo going past the line where it is clearly obvious that the bit has come through his mouth. I don't have wing mirrors and there was no shout.

“You see me riding every day and I don't want to get any suspensions.”

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