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Debut win for Declan

Declan Murphy with his Mother Erin and Atego Shades, after his inaugural win. Photo – Ballarat & District Trotting club

By Lachlan Ellis

It is ‘Murphy’s Law’ that a son would travel the path of his father after a Dunnstown teenager scored his first ever race drive, hoping to make it the first win of many.

The son of harness horse trainers David and Erin Murphy, 17-year-old Declan Murphy said he has been around horses “from day dot”.

“Mum and Dad have been training horses since I was little, I was pretty much born and bred into it. I’ve always been working with them and been around them, eventually as I got older, ended up doing track work and haven’t looked back since,” he told the Moorabool News.

Racing in the 1710m Regent Entertainment Pace, Mr Murphy’s horse Atego Shades was second favourite to win, but the victory was by no means an easy one.

Murphy came from the back of the pack and around the outside, to clinch the win in the last moments of the race.

“Going into the race, I thought I’d be happy to run a place. But to be able to come out on top from coming last was a real big thrill. I was just over the moon with it all,” he said.

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in the 16 November 2021 edition
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