Doncaster Racecourse has a little break until the next raceday, which is the last weekend of October with Racing Post Trophy weekend on Friday 25 and Saturday 26.
The big race itself has a rich history of producing equine stars of the future such as St Nicholas Abbey, Reference Point, King’s Theatre (now a very successful sire), Brian Boru, Motivator and Authorized.
Last weekend, crack teenage jockey Oisin Murphy rode an incredible 9,260/1 four-timer at Ayr, having never previously ridden at the track before.
He landed the biggest race in Scotland’s season with the Ayr Gold Cup aboard the 20/1-shot Highland Colori.
Young Murphy then won the following three races: firstly with Levitate for in-form trainer John Quinn.
Levitate won the William Hill Lincoln here at Doncaster earlier on in the year at 33/1, but returned this time at a much shorter price, only 5/1.
Oisin Murphy secured a spare ride for Linda Perrett to complete his treble on Silver Rime, before then rounding it off with another winner for John Quinn with Cockney Sparrow in the concluding staying handicap.
There had been controversy in the days leading up to the weekend when his retainer Andrew Balding had banned Oisin from riding in races that are worth less than £6,000 to try and keep his claim for the big races and for next season, where he would have an excellent chance of being crowned Champion Apprentice Jockey.
Oisin isn’t the only young jockey having a good time of it lately.
Dale Swift, who had his first Group race win a few weeks ago at Haydock aboard Top Notch Tonto, will be trying to double-up aboard the same horse with this weekend’s Betfred Cambridgeshire aboard the same horse.
Swift has ridden 30 winners this year so far, only seven off his personal best, and with big Saturday rides appearing for him, he is certainly a jockey on the up.
Levitate, one of the ‘Oisin Four’, is also down to run and we’re sure he will have some fans in Doncaster following his victory in the Lincoln.
Meanwhile, you can book Racing Post Trophy tickets online now, with a fantastic offer available for students, who with a valid NUS card will receive Grandstand Admission, a racecard and a £2 off Food and Drink voucher for just £10.
Book tickets online at www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or over the phone 01302 304200.
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