OISIN Murphy’s altercation in a Newmarket pub made the news for most of last week with the ‘incident’ widely covered by the racing media, including the two racing channels and ITV Racing through the Champions Day coverage of Ascot last Saturday.

Some felt too much was made of it and I would have agreed. It’s not that it should have been brushed under the carpet, but my feeling was that, because Murphy would always be willing to stand for interviews, it was made more centre stage on a big day of racing.