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'Hungry' Murtagh looks to future


Johnny Murtagh in the familiar Coolmore colours

Johnny Murtagh in the familiar Coolmore colours

Johnny Murtagh in the familiar Coolmore colours

Johnny Murtagh is looking forward to the next chapter of his career as the former Ballydoyle stable jockey signed off for the winter.

Murtagh is to have a break after his association with Aidan O'Brien came to an end following a hugely successful spell, and he will principally ride for the Aga Khan in Ireland next season, with many of the horses trained by his former boss John Oxx.

"It was a great year, I think I rode as well as ever. I'll have six weeks off to recharge the batteries and I'm sure I'll be as hungry next year as I've ever been," Murtagh told At The Races.

"I was consistent all the time and we had 12 Group One winners. It was a pleasure to work for those people over the last few years. It's a new chapter now.

"I spoke to John on the phone the other day but I haven't been into the yard yet. I'm looking forward to having a break now.

"There are a few possibilities in Dubai - nothing set in stone, but it's nice to go there. It's a new track and it's good prize-money.

"I was very lucky that I rode some very good horses. Henrythenavigator was the best miler I've ever ridden and Duke Of Marmalade was a real high-class, solid horse.

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"Of course to ride Yeats to the Gold Cup on the fourth occasion was great.

"I'm really feeling well at the moment, I'm feeling very fit and focused and, at the minute, I feel as if I could go on forever. I keep myself pretty fit and my weight has been good all year."

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