The victory of King Power Racing’s Chil Chil in the final race at Kempton last night gave Oisin Murphy a double on the card and moved him a further winner ahead of Danny Tudhope in the race to become champion jockey.
Tudhope rode a single winner at Catterick and takes two rides at Carlisle today while Murphy heads to Ffos Las for six mounts, all of which are currently trading at under 4-1.
Murphy leads Tudhope by 19 winners in the jockeys’ standings, with the currently injured Silvestre de Sousa occupying third place.
Johnston two away from 200
Mark Johnston is enjoying another fabulous year and is only two victories away from hitting the 200-winner mark (GB) for 2019. He introduces a potentially exciting two-year-old in the Carrs Group PLC British EBF Novice Stakes in the shape of King Fan.
This Kingman colt is a half-brother to Sunday Times, a Group 3 winner whose progeny includes Grade 1-winning US turf performer Newspaperofrecord, bred by Times Of Wigan. You can read Bloodstock Editor Nancy Sexton’s fascinating look into this breeding operation here: bit.ly/2J0QY3X
Rest of the action
Chelmsford stages an interesting conditions stakes for two-year-olds at 3pm. Godolphin’s newcomer State Crown, a son of New Approach and a half-brother to Meydan Group 1 scorer Blair House, attempts to make the most of the weight concession from three previous winners.
Tipperary’s evening meeting features the Group 3 Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes. Twelve runners go to post for the seven and a half furlong contest including Skitter Scatter, a Group 1 winner at two last seen finishing unplaced in the 1,000 Guineas in May.
The Listed Abergwaun Stakes sees British raiders Gold Filligree and Deia Glory, representing trainers Richard Hughes and Michael Dods, take on ten rivals in the five-furlong prize.
There are two twilight jumping meetings at Fontwell and Sedgefield while they also race over obstacles at Bellewstown in Ireland.
Claiborne stallion on the move
Trappe Shot, a 12-year-old son of Tapit who has stood at Claiborne Farm since 2012, is relocating to Atman Stud in Turkey.
He enjoyed his biggest win in the Grade 2 True North Handicap Stakes, a six-furlong dirt contest, and is the sire of Grade 2-winning mare Hotshot Anna.