Light­ning strikes twice at Good­wood

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

OISIN MUR­PHY timed it to per­fec­tion as Light­ning Spear recorded back-to-back wins in Good­wood’s Cel­e­bra­tion Mile.

Hav­ing hinted his turn was not far away when fin­ish­ing third in the Sus­sex Stakes, the six-year-old duly de­liv­ered to be­come just the sec­ond horse to claim suc­ces­sive vic­to­ries in the Group Two.

David Sim­cock’s horse hit the front on the line to deny 2016 run­ner-up Zon­der­land in the 50th – and most ex­cit­ing – re­newal of the Grade Two.

An ex­u­ber­ant Mur­phy, 21, punched the air in de­light when the photo-fin­ish re­sult was an­nounced.

He said: “I just about got it right. I made no se­cret about how tac­ti­cal the race was go­ing to be. It was im­pos­si­ble to know what was go­ing to hap­pen, but you have to have con­fi­dence you have cho­sen to do the right thing and thank­fully I just about got it right.

“I’ve lived, breathed and dreamed horse rac­ing since I was a child. Lads say they can leave it be­hind when they go in the door, but I can’t so it’s im­por­tant when it goes right.”

The Group One Prix de la Foret at Chan­tilly is a tar­get.

Top jumps trainer Colin Tiz­zard has de­nied re­ports that 2016 Gold Cup-win­ning rider Bryan Cooper – de­moted by Michael O’Leary’s Gig­gin­stown op­er­a­tion – is to be­come his new sta­ble jockey. He said he had not spo­ken to Cooper since the Grand Na­tional.

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