Mur­phy to part­ner Kameko in pur­suit of Jud­dmonte dou­ble

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Racing By Jon Lees

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.”

Sky Sports Racing’s agree­ment to broad­cast live non-ter­res­trial tele­vi­sion cov­er­age of As­cot’s 24 an­nual race meet­ings has been ex­tended un­til 2024.

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