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Joe Mercer Dies At 86

British racing has lost one of its greatest figures with the passing of former champion jockey Joe Mercer OBE at the age of 86.   Joseph Mercer was one of two brothers, born in Bradford in Yorkshire, who lit up Britain's apprentice ranks in the decade after the Second World War. The elder brother Emmanuel 'Manny' Mercer served his apprenticeship in Newmarket with George Colling and created such a good impression (most obviously by riding the 100/1 winner of the 1947 Lincolnshire Handicap, Jockey Treble, aged only 17) that Major...

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Champion NH Jockey Richard Johnson Retires

Richard Johnson, a four-time champion jockey over jumps, announced his retirement on Saturday. His final ride was a third-place finish aboard Brother Tedd (GB) (Kayf Tara {GB}) in the 5:25 at Newton Abbot. Johnson, who has over 3,800 winners, earned his first title in 2016 after 20-time champion jockey Sir AP McCoy retired. He retained his crown for three more seasons. Johnson was also runner-up to McCoy an additional 16 times in the jockeys' standings. Although he did not win the Grand National, he booted home two winners of the...

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Champion Oisin Murphy Returns From Suspension at Lingfield

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy, who has been serving a three-month suspension, returns to the saddle at Lingfield on Friday. The two-time champion jockey and retained rider for Qatar Racing was banned by France Galop stewards following a positive test this past summer for cocaine metabolites. Throughout the investigation, Murphy denied taking cocaine. A France Galop hearing accepted Murphy's hair sample results and his testimony regarding unintentional environmental contamination. His three mounts over the Lingfield polytrack on Friday are: Saeed Manana and trainer James Tate's Rain Gauge (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) in...

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John Gosden Crowned Champion Trainer

John Gosden was on Monday named champion flat trainer for the third year running and fifth time overall. Gosden's runners earned £3,114,226 on the racecourse in 2020, more than £650,000 ahead of Aidan O'Brien. Gosden's stable took home seven Group 1 trophies this year, including a third win in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. for Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) and for Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. "I would like to thank all of my staff for all...

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Magical 1000 Wins For Moreira

Hong Kong champion jockey Joao 'Magic Man' Moreira became only the third jockey in Hong Kong history to ride 1,000 winners on the island. The Brazilian was successful aboard Incanto Prepared (NZ) (Per Incanto) in the Class 4 Uranus H. over 1650 metres at Happy Valley on Wednesday. He joins 13-time champion Douglas Whyte (1813) and fellow champion Zac Purton (1209) in this elite millennial club. "I can only describe it as a dream come true because I never dreamed that, to be honest, and I would never think that...

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Oisin Murphy Earns Second Champion Jockey Title

Last year's champion jockey Oisin Murphy earned his second crown with 142 wins in 2020. William Buick closed to within nine wins, but could ultimately not make up the deficit at Newcastle on Friday. Murphy is currently at the Breeders' Cup meeting at Keeneland. The retained rider for Qatar Racing, Murphy booted home Kameko (Kitten's Joy) in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas in June. "I'm incredibly proud to have won a second champion jockey title and I'm extremely thankful for the team around me that have enabled me to do...

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Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy Reaches 1,000-Winner Mark

Qatar Racing colourbearer Perfect Sign (Ire) (Charm Spirit {Ire}) gave pilot Oisin Murphy his 1,000 winner. The reigning champion jockey and retained rider for Qatar Racing teamed up with the juvenile filly for trainer Michael Dods at Southwell. The 25-year-old Irishman, who was the champion apprentice in the UK in 2014, was appointed number one Jockey for Qatar Racing in 2016. On board Qatar Racing's Kameko (Kitten's Joy) he gained his first Classic success in the 2020 G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas. Murphy told Sky Sports Racing: "I ride for great...

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Murphy Rides Century After Suspension

Following a seven-day suspension, champion jockey Oisin Murphy booted home his 100th winner of the abbreviated COVID-19 season. The Kodi Kid (Ire) (Kodi Bear {GB}) won the first race on the card at Bath and was Murphy's 539th ride of the year. "It's great to get another one on the board for Andrew--he's my biggest supporter and the horses are flying, so I'm thrilled," said Oisin Murphy of the Andrew Balding trainee. "It's great to do it [ride 100th winner] for Andrew. This horse ran well last time and this...

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Jim Crowley Reaches 2000-Win Milestone

Champion jockey Jim Crowley rode his 2000th winner aboard Shadwell's  Modmin (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}) in the Ladbrokes Supporting 'Children With Cancer UK' Novice S. at Goodwood on Sunday. Crowley, who rides is the retained rider for Sheikh Hamdan's operation, was previously a jumps jockey based in the north. "It has been a fantastic season so far and I hope it continues," said Crowley. "It was nice to do it here as it's my local track. I've got a lot of fond memories here and to ride it in these colours...

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Cieren Fallon Appointed Second Jockey to Qatar Racing

2019 Champion Apprentice Cieren Fallon has accepted a position as second jockey for Qatar Racing on Wednesday morning. The 21-year-old's new role is for two years and he joins reigning champion jockey Oisin Murphy, who has first call for Sheikh Fahad's operation. Fallon rode out his claim last Friday. He also booted home his first Group 1 winner aboard Oxted (GB) (Mayson {GB}) in the G1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket last month. Qatar Racing is expanding its jockey pool due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic which...

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Oisin Murphy Banned for a Week

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy was suspended for a seven-day period after being found guilty of careless riding at Ayr aboard Tiritomba (Ire) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) on Monday. The winning filly appeared to drive across the runner-up Ricksen (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) with Paul Mulrennan in the irons at the finish on Aug. 24. The stewards determined that Murphy "allowed his mount to drift left for a considerable time without sufficient correction causing Mulrennan to take a significant check and clip heels." Murphy leads in the jockeys' championship by 18 winners...

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