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Disgraced Champion jockey Oisin Murphy reveals he drank so much he would constantly ‘BLACK OUT’

Disgraced champion jockey Oisin Murphy reveals he drank so much he would constantly ‘BLACK OUT’ as he begins his 14-month ban from the British Horseracing Authority for two failed alcohol tests

  • Oisin Murphy was banned from horse racing for 14 months in February
  • The disgraced Champion jockey failed two alcohol tests while driving in 2021
  • The 26-year-old can’t get back in the saddle until February 2023

Oisin Murphy has revealed that his drinking got so out of hand that he regularly blacked out from his consumption.

The disgraced Champions jockey was banned for 14 months by the British Horeseracing Authority in February after failing two separate alcohol tests.

He was also caught lying to authorities in a separate incident, claiming he was on holiday to Lake Como when in fact he had been to Mykonos to avoid missing racing on his return. Mykonos was on the red travel list at the time of his trip.

Oisin Murphy is open to his 14-month horse racing ban for failed alcohol tests

Oisin Murphy is open to his 14-month horse racing ban for failed alcohol tests

Murphy has spoken of the pressures of racing and the toll it took on his well-being, insisting that whether he won or not, he should start drinking.

“I might keep it up for a week or sometimes a month, but it would get out of hand again,” he said in an interview with the… BBC

‘By the time Goodwood got by in August [2021] I blacked out every night that week.

“I really couldn’t handle the pressure and by the Breeders’ Cup in November I was ready to stop riding.

“Whether I was driving well or badly that day, whether I had winners or no winners, I dealt with it the same way – I got in the car with my driver and I started drinking. I didn’t have a set plan of what my last drink would be that night.’

The 26-year-old revealed how he would regularly 'black out' because of the amount he drank

The 26-year-old revealed how he would regularly ‘black out’ because of the amount he drank

Murphy has 10 months left of his suspension and will not be free to compete again until February 2023.

He has revealed he is now sober and attending Alcoholics Annonymous meetings, as well as seeking counseling following his ban, which also included a £31,111 fine.

However, he admits that he is still determined to get back into racing, despite previously feeling the desire to give up everything.

“I feel like my life isn’t normal anymore, but I’m wanted and needed again and that’s a nice way to be,” he added.

“I want to get back in the saddle and show people that I’m healthy and can get my life back on track and win the races I haven’t won before.”

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