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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Jockey Timmy Murphy gets off the mark on Flat with Houdini after just three rides

Jockey Timmy Murphy
Jockey Timmy Murphy

Grand National-winning rider Timmy Murphy claimed his first winner as a fully-fledged Flat jockey aboard Houdini in the Roger & Mary Marsh Handicap at Wolverhampton.

Murphy had been on the sidelines since the beginning of 2014 due to a shoulder injury before having his first rides on the level at Thirsk on Saturday evening.

Just three rides into the next chapter of his illustrious career, Murphy was seen to great effect on the three-year-old, who is trained by his former weighing room colleague Jamie Osborne. Murphy had been due to return at Brighton last Wednesday but the meeting was called off after only two races due to high winds.

Murphy is hoping to emulate the likes of Jim Crowley, Graham Lee and PJ McDonald who have all made a success of switching to the level having made their names riding over jumps.

Houdini was sent off at 7-1 and held off the late thrust of Arlecchino's Leap by a head.

Osborne said: "It's great he's got it under his belt so quickly.

"He's been riding out three or four times a week for me for the best part of two months now. Timmy is and always has been a great horseman and if you saw that race, he didn't look like a man having his third ride on the Flat. In my eyes if you can ride, you can ride."

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