Balding heaps praise on Murphy
Oisin Murphy was given a ringing endorsement from Andrew Balding after another demonstration of his talent on Ballinderry Boy at Ascot.
The likes of Seamus O'Gorman, Martin Dwyer, David Probert and William Buick have all served their apprenticeships at Park House in Kingclere, overseen by Ian Balding before his son Andrew took over.
Balding senior was on hand to watch the 18-year-old thread his way up the far rail to justify 9-4 favouritism in the Mitie Events & Leisure Gordon Carter Handicap.
Murphy sprang to prominence only a fortnight ago with a 9,260-1 four-timer which included the Ayr Gold Cup.
Balding said: "He was quick at getting up on the inside, it was a really good ride.
"He's as good as we've had - he's got a real head on his shoulders and he knows what's happening in the race."
Of Ballinderry Boy, he said: "I think this could be a nice horse next year."
Buick, who has graduated to the elite group of international riders, picked up a double including the top honours on Nicholls Canyon in the Ascot Underwriting Noel Murless Stakes.
Only two horses ever got into this mile and three-quarter Listed event as Buick tracked Kieren Fallon and Greatwood before taking over with a furlong remaining.
Nicholls Canyon (5-1), who is trained by John Gosden in the colours of his wife Rachel Hood, rather squeezed up Greatwood - earning Buick a warning from the stewards - but still emerged a comfortable two-length winner.
He had struggled since leaving handicap company and was tailed-off on his most recent start in the Great Voltigeur Stakes but appeared to enjoy the soft ground.
"He has been highly tried, but he just needs that ground," said Buick. "I thought that was a good performance from him."
Irish raider Dark Crusader went off the 5-4 favourite but finished last of the six.
Trainer Tony Martin said: "She's had a long year, and I will probably let her off and bring her back next season."
Buick finished off the day well aboard the Jeremy Noseda-trained Consign (8-1) in the Troy Asset Management Handicap.
Brian Meehan felt conditions contributed to Intibaah's ready triumph at 16-1 in the Wear It Pink Handicap.
"Soft ground is the key," said Meehan. "He won on soft ground at Ffos Las last year and he's Listed class on that ground.
"I'd like to keep him next year, but that will be up to Sheikh Hamdan."
Common Touch (16-1) finally arrested his slump in form by storming clear under a dynamic Fallon in the National Racecourse Catering Awards Handicap.
Unable to resist a mention of the All-Ireland hurdling final, the jockey said: "He had lost his way a bit but today he wanted to win. He thrashed the opposition, just like Clare did to Cork."
David Lanigan finally relented to the demands of his jockey Ted Durcan by dropping Tinghir (7-1) back to a mile in the Willis Group E.B.F. Classified Stakes.
The lightly-raced Dansili colt had scored over 10 furlongs at Lingfield earlier in the season but Durcan got a fine response to grind down the 11-4 favourite Modern Tutor and stick his nose in front.
"Ted has always been adamant he's a miler, but to be honest, I ignored him," said Lanigan.
"I trained his half-brother Planetoid, and he was a mile and a half horse.
"Ted felt he was running on empty at Lingfield, and he just didn't stay at Yarmouth last time. We wanted to try him once back at a mile so we weren't guessing when we start him next year. Ted said the Lincoln could be an option."