Oisin Murphy vs William Buick: A quick Haydock betting guide to the Champion Jockey race

The fight moves on to Haydock on Friday, October 15. The gap between the two big-hitting jockeys stands at two wins after both picked up victories at Chelmsford under lights on Thursday evening.

We've had Frazier vs Ali, Barcelona vs Real Madrid and the Boston Red Socks vs the New York Yankees.

Now there's Murphy vs Buick, not quite a heavyweight rivalry but a fiercely contested one by the two riders duking it out to be named Champion Flat Jockey 2021.

Murphy vs Buick battle heads to Haydock on Friday, October 15

The Champion Jockey mirth heads to Merseyside and Haydock with the gap a tantalising two wins between Oisin Murphy and Will Buick.

Hat-trick chasing Murphy crossed the line first on Notions for Jamie Osbourne while Buick won on Typical Woman for Ian Williams.

Murphy also survived a horror fall on Discover Dubai with the horse fatally injured.

Planet Sport is on hand with a betting guide to the five races the pair clash in on Friday, October 15.

2.20 Haydock - Beyond Equal (Murphy) vs Chairmanoftheboard (Buick)

Murphy will have to wrestle this Stuart Kittow outsider to the front of this big field but at least Beyond Equal has course and distance form.

That sprint win was back in 2018 however and with the six-year-old's form is patchy since. A five furlong Salisbury win in June offers some hope though.

Star Rating: 3 Stars

Buick's Chairmanoftheboard looks better placed to take this one with Mick Channon's gelding heading towards a win.

A last time out second at York over the distance tees this one up for Buick from a reasonable weight.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

3.30 Haydock - Magisterial (Murphy) vs Kaasirr (Buick)

Murphy appears to have the nap hand in this one mile contest, riding a likely favourite for the powerful Gosden/Bjorn Neilson connection of Stradivarius fame.

A fourth on debut for this Frankel colt at Newmarket sets Murphy up for a quickfire win to increase that gap to the tenacious Buick.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

If superflous letters counted, Kaasirr would win this hands down but Buick has a tougher test here on debut for the Crisfords.

Definitely not out of it however, being a reasonably bred colt by Dark Angel, much will depend on how green he runs in comparison with Magisterial.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

4.05 Haydock - Twisted Reality (Murphy) vs Poet's Lady (Buick)

The Twisted Reality for Murphy is that he is facing riding quite a few outsiders in the battle for the title and Ralph Beckett's three year-old is no different.

Representing the crack Qatar Racing connections, Twisted Reality is not without his chances but dropping down to a mile for the first time since his maiden win is a bit of a risk.

Star Rating: 2 Stars

Another superior chance for Buick on the day the balance of the Champion Jockey battle could be tipped in his favour, David Barron's charge is a last time out winner at Beverley.

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Also a course and distance winner last year, and with soft ground form to boot, this filly looks a decent price chance on paper.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

4.40 Haydock - Superior Force (Murphy) vs Dukedom (Buick)

Not without ability, Superior Force ran in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot but finished 15th, making his ability tough to judge in this Class 4 seven furlongs.

Much can be taken on Murphy's form this week in the Champion Jockey battle and you wouldn't write off the Irishman pulling something out of the bag here. A difficult task though.

Star Rating: 3 Stars

Talk about a hefty bit of help from none other than Her Majesty the Queen with this booking, Buick gets the plum ride in the purple and red silks on this two-year-old for the Gosdens.

The one mile in a recent Newmarket maiden was a bridge too far but the drop down to seven furlongs should suit and Buick could be onto another one here.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

5.10 Haydock - Whitehaven (Murphy) vs Socially Shady (Buick)

Finally a favourite for Murphy in the form of Hughie Morrison's four-year-old, who is knocking on the door for a win.

Second, on his previous two runnings, including as beaten favourite last time out at Salisbury means it should go swimmingly for the horse named after the Lake District coastal town.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Socially Shady is up and down in form for Karl Burke but a close third last time out at Ayr over one mile seven furlongs gives hope Buick will see this marathon test out.

Every furlong will put pressure on Buick's ability in the saddle in this two mile contest.

Star Rating: 3 Stars

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