Murtagh shown the door by Aga Khan
Racing:Johnny Murtagh’s contract as retained rider for the Aga Khan’s Irish-trained horses has been terminated, according to the Aga Khan’s stud farm manager, Pat Downes. The 42-year-old has ridden numerous Group One winners for the influential owner-breeder, notably guiding Sinndar to victory in the Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2000.
Downes said: “I can confirm it (Murtagh’s departure) is true. I don’t have a whole lot more to say, other than there were differences between the parties and it was agreed that we would part.”
Following Murtagh’s resignation as stable jockey for Coolmore at the end of 2010, he was offered a role with the Aga Khan for a second time in November of that year. Murtagh won the French Oaks in the Aga Khan’s green and red silks aboard Valyra this June.
A statement issued by Murtagh read: “I was informed yesterday afternoon that my contract to ride for His Highness the Aga Khan was being terminated with immediate effect.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank His Highness and his staff at his studs in Ireland and France for the very successful years we have had together, and to sincerely wish them every success in the future.”