Champion jockey Oisin Murphy destroys Twitter troll with glorious response

After losing on a hot favourite, Oisin Murphy let rip on social media with a hilarious takedown of a Twitter troll.

The dual champion jockey had come under fire following 2-7 favourite Millennial Moon's defeat at Kempton on Wednesday.

The John Gosden-trained colt, owned by Murphy's principal employers Qatar Racing, could only finish second after a tricky run aboard the two-year-old.

Short of room after three furlongs, Millennial Moon was soon pushed along by Murphy and although he did make a challenge, the son of Dubawi did not have the energy to go past his rival Bayraq.

Murphy, 11 wins clear of Will Buick in the 2021 Flat jockeys' championship, reported to race stewards that the hot favourite ran too free.

Six minutes after the race started, Murphy was sent a tweet which said: "@oismurphy how you getting a 2/9 shot turned over?? Buick has you on toast ya fraud."

The jockey's funny response, in a nod to a jockey's light diet, declared: "He doesn’t eat carbohydrates."

Love Island's Frankie Foster, a big racing fan and presenter, posted clapping emojis to praise the top rider's humour.

"Brilliant," he said.

A second Twitter user posted: "Now that's how to reply to a troll. Well played Oisin." A third added, with laughter emojis: "Oisin smashing it out of the park there."

Murphy has ridden 147 winners in his pursuit of a third jockeys' title, which started back in May.

Highlights have included two Group 1 victories aboard the Andrew Balding-trained Alcohol Free and becoming top jockey at Royal Ascot for the first time.

Murphy's take down of the troll comes just a week after fellow Flat rider Tom Marquand did the same. The 23-year-old had also lost a race on a favourite.

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British racing stood alongside the sporting community by taking part in the April social media boycott to highlight the issue and racism suffered by sporting participants.

At the time, Paul Struthers, Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), said: “Our members receive vile abuse on a daily basis.

"We are sick and tired of it and the lack of action by social media companies.

"We and our members stand shoulder to shoulder with other sports in sending a united message that online hate and discriminatory abuse is totally unacceptable and needs to be eliminated.”

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