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Magic Murphy rides out claim

Oisin Murphy will soon have to compete against his weighing room rivals on level terms after he rode out his 3lb claim at Sandown.

It is just over 12 months since the 18-year-old apprentice celebrated the first winner of his career, and he has already wowed Australia, had a mount in the Derby as well as that incredible Ayr Gold Cup day four-timer, so he is fully expected to make the transition.

The victory came in the Noelle Reno Handicap when he finished strongly aboard the Joe Tuite-trained Presburg and pulled two and a quarter lengths ahead of senior rider James Doyle and Vital Evidence.

After reaching the 95-winner mark, which included 13 in Australia, Murphy was handed a congratulatory bottle of champagne.

"It's unbelievable," he said. "I've had the longest losing streak I've ever had, 31, and I've had six seconds.

"People say that you'll get there and I know it's only six days as my agent's been getting me a lot of rides but you do get a bit down.

"Joe does a really good job, I get on most of his, and it's a real team effort."

Tuite said: "Oisin's claim was 3lb for nothing. This horse never runs a bad one, and we'll go and have a day out at Glorious Goodwood with him in a handicap on the first day."

Kieren Fallon rides True Story in the Godolphin blue in Saturday's Coral-Eclipse and the Irishman was buoyant after a course and distance Listed success in the same silks.

Now with Saeed bin Suroor from Mark Johnston, the 5-4 favourite Windhoek was third in the Group Three Diomed Stakes at Epsom and a repeat of that form was enough to take him two and a half lengths clear in the Ambant Gala Stakes.

"I really like this horse," said Fallon. "He didn't handle Epsom and the ground was against him the time before at Goodwood.

"Saeed is taking him along slowly and he won very well today. He's getting better and better."

Beacon will be off to some of the bigger summer festivals after standing out in the Listed Dragon Stakes.

Richard Hannon has been keeping Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's juvenile quite low-key so far, placing him to score at Salisbury and Bath before upping him in grade.

Richard Hughes' mount (2-1) stalked market rival and 15-8 favourite Mukhmal but eventually skipped four lengths clear.

Hannon said: "I actually put him in the July Stakes at Newmarket next week in case he did something like that. It's a possibility, but he'd have other options like the Molecomb and the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood."

Hannon said Norfolk Stakes winner Baitha Alga was also a "possibility" for the Portland Place Properties-sponsored Group Two next Thursday.

Brian Meehan clearly holds Irish Champions Weekend EBF Maiden Stakes winner Mustadeem in the highest regard.

Second at Newbury last time to another smart Hamdan Al Maktoum prospect, Estidhkaar, he was the 2-5 favourite and scored in brisk fashion under Paul Hanagan.

"I think he's a very, very good horse, I've thought that all spring," said Meehan.

"I can see him going on and on. He'll stay at seven furlongs for now and I'd thought about the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, although I'll have to speak to connections.

"He has the ideal make-up of a good horse and he reminds me a lot of his sire, Arcano."

Another apprentice, Ryan Tate, continued his charmed run by landing a fourth winner of the week in the Palacegate Touch Handicap.

It was a third for his boss Clive Cox, as Milly's Gift (8-1) found a gap opening up at the right time down the five-furlong chute and held off Ajjaadd by half a length.

"The horses are running so well, I should probably be paying to ride them," said Tate. "You've just got to make hay while you can."

A thrilling Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Handicap saw Sir Mark Prescott's Alwilda (10-1) turn over his fellow Newmarket knight Sir Michael Stoute's 11-10 favourite Economy.