Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh is proving that age is no obstacle in the saddle as he rode another big race winner in 2013 by landing the Cambridgeshire on board Educate at Newmarket.
The 43-year old has now got a licence to train but is in no rush to give up his riding duties after another successful season for the five-time champion jockey.
The win on board the 8/1 favourite in the racing odds was Murtagh’s first in this valuable handicapwhich brings up the opening leg of the Autumn Double.
Educate was able to out-battle Code of Honor in the closing stages of the 1m1f race where he held on by a short-head, with Tres Coronas a further two lengths behind the duo.
After a slow spring campaign, Murtagh’s form in 2013 picked up during Royal Ascot where he finished the meeting as the top jockey. He then followed that up with wins in the Irish Oaks, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Sprint Cup at Haydock.
The Irishman could still have another big race success in him this year as he will ride one of the fancied runners in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe next month at Longchamp in Paris.
After winning on the German horse at Ascot, the four-year old has been prominent near the top of the betting for Europe’s premier contest over 1m4f. He also scored on his last run before his trip to France when he landed a Group One at Baden-Baden earlier this month.
Despite support in the racing betting markets, Murtagh has only once won the Arc when he paired Sinndar to victory in 2000 and this could be one of his last chances to land the prestigious contest.