Melbourne Cup: Murtagh Saddles Two for Ireland in ‘Race That Stops a Nation’

by | 11.03.2014 | 9:15am

As a jockey, Johnny Murtagh rode countless winners, finding success around the globe. Within the past year, Murtagh has retired from riding and made a successful transition to training racehorses.

On Tuesday, Murtagh will saddle two runners in what many consider the biggest race in the world – Australia's Melbourne Cup.

Murtagh will saddle Mutual Regard and Royal Diamond for owner Andrew Tinkler in the 'Race that Stops a Nation', which will be contested for the 154th time on Tuesday. Both horses may be considered outsiders, but Murtagh feels that both are in with a good chance.

“They've both won at two miles in Europe and both of them go on fast ground so I think the race will suit them,” Murtagh told the Racing Post.

“They're in good shape and their work is done now. They're fit, they're well and I hope they're good enough. The draw is good, they're in the middle so there's no problem.”

Read more in the Racing Post and The Age

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