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Majestic Murphy on song

By Martin Kelly

Oisin Murphy continued on the crest of a wave when making it five wins from his last five rides on New Fforest in the SIS Live Handicap at Leicester.

In action for the first time since his incredible 9,260-1 four-timer on Saturday's Ayr Gold Cup card, the star apprentice took the feature event at the Midlands track.

Oozing confidence, the Irish-born 18-year-old had New Fforest, trained by his boss Andrew Balding, in a good position from the outset in the five-furlong dash.

The 5-1 chance bounded clear in the closing stages to win by a length and a quarter from Kyleakin Lass with Fitz Flyer third.

"We were worried the ground might be on the slow side for her, but she travelled really well for Oisin. He's riding with great confidence and I'm sure that helped," said Dan Downing, spokesman for owner-breeders Elite Racing.

"We felt that in her last two races she was just coming to herself, so it wasn't a surprise to see her win in that style.

"That will probably be it for her (this season), I'd have thought, and we'll keep her in training next year."

It was a red-letter day for Elite, who were enjoying a double as Stars Above Me got off the mark in the British Stallion Studs EBF Kegworth Novice Stakes.

The Roger Charlton-trained filly had shaped promisingly on her debut when second in a six-furlong maiden at Glorious Goodwood that has worked out well.

Taking advantage of her maiden fillies' allowance and apprentice Joey Haynes' 5lb claim, Stars Above Me got off the mark in great style.

Invincible Strike put in a strong bid but could not get to grips with the 7-4 favourite, who won by three-quarters of a length.

"That was impressive. We were hopeful she'd run well but we were a bit concerned about the ground as it looked a bit slower than good," said Downing.

"We were delighted with her as she's still inexperienced."

Jockey Paul Mulrennan suffered a broken collarbone, broken ribs and a punctured lung in a horrible fall at Hamilton.

The meeting was delayed for 90 minutes after Mulrennan's mount Boxing Shadows clipped heels and came down in the Try A totetrifecta At Handicap. The incident was caused when eventual winner Manatee Bay and Joe Fanning drifted left, leaning into Boxing Shadows who appeared to clip heels. Fanning was handed a seven-day ban for careless riding.

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