CALLAN Murray, who rode his first winner in Australia at Mornington outside of Melbourne on Tuesday, struck again with a winner in his very next ride, this time in a 1400m Plate race at Ladbrokes Park Hillside in the city of Melbourne.
Hillside, formerly known as Sandown, is considered a “metro” track and therefore gets more attention and betting activity – and Murray rode three-year-old Barjeel (Foxwedge) to his first win for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Australasia Operation, and the Lindsay Park training partnership of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig.
Interviewed after the race, Murray said: “I’ve won in these colours back home, thanks to Sheikh Hamdan and Angus Gold. Racing in Australia is great, I’ve had some good opportunities from Lindsay Park, my part has been easy.”
A modest comment, but Murray is riding against some of the world’s most accomplished jockeys – this Maiden Plate included one Damian Oliver, three time Melbourne Cup winner.