Murphy to partner Kameko in pursuit of Juddmonte double
Champion jockey Oisin Murphy will try to reprise one of his most memorable triumphs at York next week when he bids for a second victory in the Juddmonte International on Kameko, the Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner.
The 24-year-old’s victory on Roaring Lion two years ago helped to cement his status on the big-race stage when between July and October he and the Qatar Racing-owned horse completed a sequence of four Group One victories.
By Kitten’s Joy, the same sire as Roaring Lion, and racing in the same ownership, Kameko will be moving back up in distance in next Wednesday’s showpiece.
Murphy’s recollection of his last assignment on Kameko was not one of his fondest. The jockey blamed his own “jockey error” for not delivering victory in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, where they found their passage blocked and finished fourth. Connections had the option of keeping the colt to a mile to contest Sunday’s Prix Jacques Le Marois but the International, over an extended mile and a quarter, against a field likely to comprise Eclipse winner Ghaiyyath and Royal Ascot winner Lord North, has been preferred. “The Juddmonte International is a very special race,” Murphy said. “I was fortunate to win it on Roaring Lion. That is a memory I will never forget.
“I am excited that Kameko is going for it. It is stepping up to a mile and a quarter and some top-class horses are lining up, but the threeyear-old weight allowance is generous, so hopefully we can make the most of that.”
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