Declan at the double
CHAMPIONSHIP-chasing Declan Murphy had a busy day at work yesterday, notching up another winning Taipa double and then appearing before the Stipendiary Stewards.
The Irish-American ace, whose Taipa strike rate is excellent, could win the jockeys' title despite the fact that he is frequently inactive.
But he does have the backing of trainer-brother Joe who saddled up both Declan's winners - and then added another for himself.
Declan was off the mark in the second event when topweight Dragon King (5-1) got the better of favourite Sin Kan Sen (5-2) in a gripping finish to the 1,200-metre, Class Four event.
The second leg of the double was much more straightforward and expected with odds-on favourite Diamond Age (9-5) obliging in the 1,000-metre dash for griffins, the seventh event on the 10-race programme.
The Stewards had Murphy before them after the running of the third event and asked him to explain the reason he let Optical drift through the field without applying any real pressure.
But Murphy explained he was very concerned about the horse's action throughout the race.