Morning decision for Murphy

  • Last Updated: November 29 2013, 23:45 GMT

Timmy Murphy is set to make a decision in the morning on whether he takes the ride on leading Hennessy Gold Cup hope Our Father for David Pipe.

Timmy Murphy rides Our Father to success
Timmy Murphy rides Our Father to success

Murphy was taken to hospital for X-rays on his shoulder during racing at Newbury on Friday, although the reason for the injury was unclear at the time as he was seen walking away from the weighing room in some apparent pain before being helped into an ambulance.

Murphy had guided Upsilon Bleu to finish fourth in the bet365 Open Handicap Chase, but returned seemingly none the worse.

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The jockey, who has had problems with a dislocated left shoulder in the past, missed his ride aboard Aldeburgh in the concluding bet365 "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle.

His wife Verity said tonight: "He was feeling it when he came back in after the 2.40. He's hurt his shoulder, but is feeling much better now and will know more about riding in the morning."

Asked about circumstances surrounding the injury to Murphy, Paul Barton, head of stewarding at the British Horseracing Authority and on duty at Newbury, said: "Nothing has been reported to me, so there's nothing for us to do. All I know is that Timmy Murphy has gone to hospital, I haven't heard anything else."

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