Johnny Murtagh is Irish champion jockey for fifth time

Johnny Murtagh
Johnny Murtagh is Irish Flat champion jockey for the fifth time

Johnny Murtagh was crowned champion Flat jockey in Ireland for the fifth time on Sunday with three races of the season remaining at Leopardstown.

He partnered 11-4 favourite Takar to victory in the second race on the card and that was enough to stave off the challenge of Pat Smullen.

With Smullen unable to get his head in front in the following two races, Murtagh was confirmed as champion.

Murtagh had won twice at Dundalk on Friday to go three ahead of Smullen.

It crowns a fantastic season for Murtagh.

He won the Epsom Oaks on Dancing Rain and then added another Group One in September when riding Lightening Pearl to win the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

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