Oisin Murphy picks up 15-meeting ban which costs him his Melbourne Cup ride on Red Verdon
- Jockey of the year Oisin Murphy will miss ride on Red Verdon a week on Tuesday
- Murphy was given ban for careless riding after finishing second on Spirit of Valor
- He picked up a 15-meeting suspension by Australian stewards at Moonee Valley
- But Murphy can ride Roaring Lion in Breeders’ Cup Classic a week on Saturday
Jockey of the year Oisin Murphy will miss his ride on Ed Dunlop-trained Red Verdon in the Melbourne Cup a week on Tuesday after picking up a 15-meeting ban.
But Murphy will be able to ride his star mount, John Gosden-trained Roaring Lion, in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in Kentucky a week on Saturday.
Murphy was handed the ban for careless riding by Australian stewards after finishing second on Aidan O’Brien’s Spirit of Valor in Friday’s Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Oisin Murphy will miss his ride on Ed Dunlop-trained Red Verdon in the Melbourne Cup
Rules in the state of Victoria allow a jockey to delay the start of a suspension for nine days.
Murphy’s mounts at the Breeders’ Cup are also likely to include Lightning Spear in the Mile and Pocket Dynamo in the Juvenile Turf Sprint.
The Irishman is principally in Australia to ride Benbatl in this morning’s Cox Plate. He follows James Doyle and Pat Cosgrave as British-based jockeys who have recently fallen foul of the stricter riding rules in Australia.
He picked up 15-meeting ban after finishing second on Aidan O’Brien’s Spirit of Valor on Friday
Meanwhile, King Power, a daughter of Frankel and one of the most expensive yearlings sold in Britain last year when bought for £2,625,000, makes her debut in the opening race at Newbury on Saturday.
The Andrew Balding-trained filly carries the colours of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Dan Skelton brought up the fastest century of winners in a season for a jumps trainer with Sam Red at Cheltenham.
Skelton beat the record of Martin Pipe, who reached three figures on November 3. In a dramatic day, Skelton’s One For Billy and Eugene O’Sullivan’s Oighear Dubh threw away chances to win the second and sixth races by crashing through the tape after the last fence, which is to stop horses heading out on another circuit.
Dan Skelton brought up fastest century of winners in season for jumps trainer with Sam Red (R)
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