Jockey-of-the-moment Oisin Murphy added to the gains he has made during a remarkable breakthrough season when guiding miracle horse The Tin Man to victory in the Gr1 Sprint Cup, Haydock’s premier Flat race.
The Racing Post reports that the consistent James Fanshawe-trained sprinter cracked the £300,000 contest at the third attempt, having finished second in 2016 and third last year, to provide Murphy with his sixth top-flight success of the year, five of those coming in the last eight weeks.
Murphy, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Thursday with a double at Salisbury, has ridden 62 winners in Britain since the start of July, including Roaring Lion in the Coral-Eclipse and Juddmonte International and Lightning Spear in the Sussex Stakes.
He got the call to replace The Tin Man’s longstanding partner Tom Queally at the start of the week and he showed again on his first ride on the 7-1 winner the confidence that is oozing through his veins.
Despite reservations about the heavy ground – The Tin Man’s previous two Group 1 victories came on a much faster surface at Ascot – the Fred Archer Racing-owned six-year-old picked up strongly off a fast pace to hold Brando by half a length, in a race in which 6-4 favourite Harry Angel suffered more stalls woe before wilting into sixth,