Cau­tion for Mur­phy after jockey failed a race­course breath test

Gloucestershire Echo - - RACING - Melissa JONES melissa,[email protected]­plc.com

OISIN Mur­phy has re­ceived a cau­tion for fail­ing a race­course breath test. A lead­ing contender to be cham­pion jockey this sea­son, the 23-year-old was pre­vented from tak­ing his five rides at Sal­is­bury on June 16.

Two readings, which have only just been re­leased after an en­quiry into the mat­ter con­cluded, were 26 mi­cro­grams per 100ml of breath (at 2.07pm) and 27 mi­cro­grams six min­utes later.

The al­co­hol limit for jock­eys is 17 mi­cro­grams per 100ml of breath, less than half the UK driv­ing limit of 35. Mur­phy was in breach of Rule (D)66. A Bri­tish Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity ste­wards’ re­port read at the time: “The clerk of the scales re­ported that Oisin Mur­phy pro­vided a sam­ple which was found to con­tain al­co­hol above the thresh­old level for breath samples.

“The rider, the clerk of the scales and the sam­pling of­fi­cer were in­ter­viewed.

“The mat­ter was re­ferred to the head of­fice of the Bri­tish Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity and Mur­phy was sus­pended from rid­ing for the rest of the day.”

The day be­fore the pos­i­tive sam­ple, Mur­phy rode a win­ner for his boss Sheikh Fa­had Al Thani, who was cel­e­brat­ing his 30th birth­day.

The set­back came days be­fore Royal As­cot, when he was among the win­ners on Dash­ing Wil­loughby in the Group Two Queen’s Vase.

He was re­cently over­taken at the head of the Sto­bart-backed ti­tle race by

Daniel Tud­hope, but re­mains firmly in con­tention.

In 2018, Mur­phy cel­e­brated nine wins at Group One level in­clud­ing four on Roar­ing Lion, a flag­ship first-sea­son sire for Tween­hills near Glouces­ter.

This week it emerged the stal­lion is suf­fer­ing from colic, which Arc run­nerup Sea Of Class re­cently suc­cumbed to.

The grey started to show symp­toms after com­ing out of quar­an­tine in New Zealand, where he had been sent for the South­ern Hemi­sphere breed­ing sea­son.

Those plans have now been scrapped after surgery and Tween­hills’ man­ager David Red­vers has flown out to see him.

The son of Kit­tens Joy sub­se­quently un­der­went suc­cess­ful surgery at Cam­bridge Equine Hos­pi­tal and is re­ported to have made “a favourable re­cov­ery in the first 24 hours post-surgery”.

Stud CEO Henry Plumptre told www. cam­brigdestud.co.nz: “We want to act in the best in­ter­ests of (owner) Sheikh Fa­had and our share­hold­ers.

“Fol­low­ing ma­jor surgery, we feel it is ap­pro­pri­ate to with­draw the horse from ser­vice with all share­hold­ers be­ing fully re­funded.

“Our best-case sce­nario is that Roar­ing Lion makes a full re­cov­ery and can be re­turned safely to the UK. While ev­ery­one at Cam­bridge Stud is shattered, we feel the obli­ga­tion to Sheikh Fa­had, David Red­vers and our share­hold­ers is im­por­tant.

“It is a mas­sive blow to lose Roar­ing Lion like this, but his on­go­ing wel­fare is now our prime con­cern.”

Roar­ing Lion is re­cu­per­at­ing at Cam­bridge Equine Hos­pi­tal, where he is be­ing mon­i­tored closely by their ex­pert team as well as Red­vers and Tween­hills stal­lion groom Reece Sut­cliffe.

Cam­bridge Stud’s sur­geon Dr Alanna Zant­ingh said: “Roar­ing Lion is do­ing much bet­ter.

“He has pretty good motil­ity on ul­tra­sound and his stomach has re­mained small, so we’ve given him hand­fuls of grass ev­ery cou­ple of hours and he’s eat­ing it re­ally, re­ally well, wish­ing for more.

“His stomach has been han­dling it well and all his vi­tals have been within nor­mal lim­its all day. He’s start­ing to get a lit­tle an­noyed with us which I think is a very good sign!”

Vet­eri­nar­ian Dr Rob Hitch­cock added: “All his vi­tals are within the nor­mal pa­ram­e­ters.

We’ll con­tinue to give him food in small amounts and mon­i­tor his progress.

“His in­testines have worked and he had a re­ally good soft ma­nure pass in the night which is very pos­i­tive.

“It’s still fin­gers crossed but we’re happy with him.”

A very re­lieved Red­vers said: “He’s look­ing much, much brighter.

“He’s had the equine physio in giv­ing him mas­sages.

“He’s eat­ing again; he’s ex­cret­ing well and he’s look­ing gen­er­ally ir­ri­ta­ble, which is a good sign.

“He’s look­ing for more food and when he gets it he’s lick­ing the pot.

“He’s on lots of cut grass and things are look­ing much bet­ter.”

It is a mas­sive blow to lose Roar­ing Lion like this, but his on­go­ing wel­fare is now our prime con­cern Henry Plumptre

Roar­ing Lion rid­den by Oisin Mur­phy (front) get the bet­ter of Saxon War­rior to win The Coral-eclipse Race at Sandown Park

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