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Oisin Murphy seals third jockeys title on Champions Day at Ascot after thrilling battle with William Buick
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isin Murphy admitted relief was his prime emotion after being crowned champion jockey for the third consecutive season on British champions Qipco’s day at Ascot.

The Killarney-born driver looked set for a comfortable defense of his title a few weeks ago, but a late charge from William Buick set up an exciting final.

Buick narrowed the lead to just one a few times earlier in the week, but a brace at Haydock on Friday saw Murphy start the final day with a decisive three-winner lead.

Buick hit Champions Day early with Creative Force in the big sprint to restore hope – but Adayar’s loss in the Champion Stakes ended his valiant pursuit of Murphy throughout the season.

Murphy said: “I’m over the moon and excited to cross the line. Thank you to my family and everyone – I have a huge support group.

“Last week I had a lot of people by my side. Frankie Dettori was there every day to make sure my morale was up and I used my instincts as usual which is essential.

“You have to make every ride count and I was short of opportunities. I managed to gratefully hold on at the end.”

However, things weren’t entirely straightforward for the 26-year-old, who last week was forced to give up racing at Newmarket after failing a breathalyzer test at a racetrack amid reports of ‘an incident in a pub the night before.

Murphy also still bears the scars of a nasty facial injury sustained in a fall in a parade ring in Salisbury last month.

Murphy added, “I think everyone knows I’m human and pretty honest. But I have to do better and I don’t want any issues surrounding my career. Let’s just focus on the winners and hopefully on another jockeys championship.

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