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Jockey Johnny Murtagh quits Coolmore number one role

Johnny Murtagh
Murtagh enjoyed great success with Coolmore

Irishman Johnny Murtagh has quit his role as number one jockey at Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stable.

The 40-year-old joined the racing arm of the Coolmore operation in 2008 and was principally riding for O'Brien.

Murtagh rode Yeats to two of his four victories in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and guided Cape Blanco to victory in this year's Irish Derby.

His last major success for Coolmore came aboard Roderic O'Connor at Saint-Cloud on 31 October.

He has also won Classics on board Henrythenavigator and Fame And Glory.

606: DEBATE

A statement released on behalf of Murtagh said: "Johnny has spoken to [Coolmore owners] Mr John Magnier, Mr Derrick Smith, Mr Michael Tabor and [trainer] Mr Aidan O'Brien today and informed them that he will not be renewing his contract to ride as stable jockey to Coolmore and Ballydoyle next season, 2011.

"He would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Magnier, Mr Smith, Mr Tabor and Mr O'Brien for the wonderful and successful three years that they had together and wish all of them and their families every success in the future."

Six-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon previously held the post which is regarded as the premier job for racing jockeys in Britain and Ireland.



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Murtagh delighted with Coolmore role
30 Jan 08 |  Horse Racing
Murtagh to replace banned Fallon
30 Jan 08 |  Horse Racing


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