Fes­ti­val trainer Mur­phy dies at age of 70

Gloucestershire Echo - - RACING -

THE man who was known as the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val’s lead­ing trainer of the north has died aged 70

Ferdy Mur­phy en­joyed a host of big race suc­cesses at Na­tional Hunt rac­ing’s most pres­ti­gious meet­ing be­fore he re­lo­cated to France in 2013.

Over the years, Mur­phy had more than 20 win­ners at Prest­bury Park and his horses earned in ex­cess of £1 mil­lion.

Mur­phy said his best mo­ment at the track came when Ana­glog’s Daugh­ter took the 1980 Arkle Tro­phy.

He would go on to train many lead­ing lights from Wyn­bury Sta­bles in West Wit­ton.

Ar­guably his best horse was French Holly, win­ner of the 1998 Royal & Su­nal­liance Novices Hur­dle at Chel­tenham, while Truck­ers Tav­ern fin­ished se­cond to Best Mate in the 2003 Gold Cup.

Mur­phy cel­e­brated three vic­to­ries in the Scot­tish Na­tional (Paris Pike 2000, Joes Edge 2005, Hot Weld 2007) and two in what is now the Bet365 Gold Cup.

He also won the Ir­ish Na­tional in 2004 with Granit Destru­val.

An­other star was Kala­hari King and although he never man­aged to win at the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val in five at­tempts, he was a run­ner-up twice.

The smart two-mile chaser gave Mur­phy his fi­nal Grade One tri­umph at the Grand Na­tional meet­ing in 2009.

As well as nur­tur­ing equine tal­ent, he also helped many top jock­eys dur­ing his ca­reer, in­clud­ing Davy Rus­sell, Adrian Maguire and Gra­ham Lee.

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