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CLASSIC REWIND | Oisin Murphy claims Classic success with Kameko in the 2000 Guineas

On Oisin Murphy’s 26th birthday, we take a look back at arguably his biggest success to date in the saddle – with Kameko in the 2000 Guineas

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To celebrate Oisin Murphy turning 26th, today’s rewind is dedicated to the Champion Jockey’s sole Classic success to date – with Andrew Balding’s Kameko in last season’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Going off as a 10/1 shot, the Kitten’s Joy colt faced an almost impossible task of overcoming Charlie Appleby’s seriously impressive Pinatubo who was yet to taste defeat.

watch: kameko and oisin murphy land the 2000 guineas back in 2020 [credit: racing tv]

Starting the race in midfield, the three-year-old travelled into the race beautifully with Murphy shaking his mount up with two furlongs remaining.

He began to make headway in the final furlong and he pushed his head in front in the final stages.

The colt battled on right up to the line, just holding out to claim success by a short head in the Group 1 contest.

Kameko would only win one more contest that season, in the form of the Group 2 Shadwell Joel Stakes, before being retired to stud.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.

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