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Watch the trailer for Centaur by Declan Murphy

For 23 years, jockey Declan Murphy has been unable to share his story – until now. Watch the trailer for his memoir Centaur below

A natural on a horse, since he was able to walk, Declan Murphy became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation, before his world came crashing down at the final hurdle of a race at Haydock Park. His skull shattered in twelve places, he was believed to be dead. Whilst the last rites were read and his obituary was published in the Racing Post, Declan performed the unimaginable. He survived. Defying medical thinking, he recovered to the extent that eighteen months after his fall, he was able to saddle up for one more race. As usual he won.

Now in an extraordinary collaboration with Ami Rao, Centaur tells his remarkable story.

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A natural on a horse since he was able to walk, and imbued with a pure love of riding, Declan Murphy became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation before his world came crashing down at the final hurdle of a race at Haydock Park. His skull shattered in twelve places, he was believed to be dead, the last rites were read and the Racing Post prepared his obituary. Miraculously, and the word is not used lightly, he survived and defied medical thinking in recovering to the extent that eighteen months after his fall, he was able to saddle up for one more race. As usual, he won.

For 23 years, Declan has been unable to tell his story, to bring to words existence on the frontier between life and death, to describe the incredible bond between man and horse. But now, in an extraordinary collaboration with Ami Rao, she has helped him find those words, a way to piece together what happened before, during and after, what it all meant and what it means to us all. It is a story of triumph, fear, love and loss, by turns primal, heartbreaking and inspirational, and ultimately, it is the story of hope, and of life.

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