Colm Murphy

County Of Origin: Wexford

Date of licence: 2000

First winner: Anvil Lord (Neil Mulholland) Cork, March 31, 2002

Significant horses (selected): Brave Inca, Big Zeb, Marlbrook, Empire Of Dirt, Voler La Vedette, Quito De La Roque, Feathard Lady.

Did you know:  

Colm Murphy first came to attention in racing as a successful amateur rider. As well as his riding, he worked in Aidan O’Brien's office at Ballydoyle, dealing with entries, declarations and other administration work. Having taken out his own license to train in 2000, Murphy didn’t have to wait long to come across a horse of a lifetime in the shape of Brave Inca.

A legendary hurdler, he won 10 Grade 1 races, most notably a never-to-be-forgotten victory in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2006. Feathard Lady was another high-class horse in Murphy's care at the time but she never raced again after her win in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Sandown in December 2005 and was retired having won each of her seven starts.

As Brave Inca’s powers were fading, Murphy gained a new stable star in Big Zeb who recorded six Grade 1 wins including the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2010. After a couple of quiet years, Murphy enjoyed something of a resurgence in the 2015/2016 season and enjoyed big handicap chase success with both Empire Of Dirt and Marlbrook. Empire Of Dirt gave the County Wexford trainer his fourth Cheltenham Festival success when taking the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at in 2016.

On September 23, 2016 Murphy took the racing world by surprise when announcing his intention to retire from the training ranks. He soon joined the Turf Club (later the IHRB) as a racing official but in May, 2019 again made the headlines when deciding to renew his training licence. 

Emo Oil Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Brave Inca - A.P. McCoy - 2005)

AIG Europe Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Brave Inca - A.P. McCoy - 2006) Champion S'chase (Grade 1) (Big Zeb - B.J. Geraghty - 2011) Champion S'chase (Grade 1) (Quito De La Roque (FR) - D.N. Russell - 2011)

Toshiba Irish Champion H'dle (Grade 1) (Brave Inca - R. Walsh - 2009)

Cathal Ryan Mem.Swordlestown Cup Nov.Sch (Grade 1) (Big Zeb - B.J. Geraghty - 2008)

Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet S'chase (Grade 1) (Big Zeb - R.M. Power - 2011)

Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet S'chase (Grade 1) (Big Zeb - B.J. Geraghty - 2010)

Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet S'chase (Grade 1) (Big Zeb - M.M. O'Connor - 2008) December Festival H'dl (Grade 1) (Brave Inca - R. Walsh - 2006)

Ballymore Properties Hatton's Grace H'dl (Grade 1) (Brave Inca - A.P. McCoy - 2006) Leopardstown H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Empire Of Dirt - J.M. Moore - 2016) December Festival Hdle (Grade 1) (Brave Inca - A.P. McCoy - 2005)

Evening Herald Champion Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Brave Inca - B.M. Cash - 2004)

Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace H'dle (Grade 1) (Voler La Vedette - A.E. Lynch - 2011)

Deloitte Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Brave Inca - B.M. Cash - 2004)

Gain Horse Feeds H'cap H'dle (Grade C) (Bambootcha - S.W. Flanagan - 2008)

Growise Champion Novice S'chase (Grade 1) (Quito De La Roque (FR) - D.N. Russell - 2011)

I.T.B.A. Fillies Scheme EBF(Mares)H'dle (Grade 3) (Voler La Vedette - S.W. Flanagan - 2009)

Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Tipperary Hdle (Grade 2) (Megans Joy - D.N. Russell - 2008)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2020/202110000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2012/201363101€21,700€1,760€23,460
National Hunt 2020/2021370422€0€19,045€19,045
National Hunt 2019/2020170103€0€9,170€9,170
National Hunt 2016/2017303063€21,563€14,513€36,075
National Hunt 2015/2016486544€128,550€28,553€157,103
National Hunt 2014/201510398168€123,400€36,578€159,978
National Hunt 2013/201413913121211€114,280€46,272€160,552
National Hunt 2012/201312116121714€139,400€99,603€239,003
National Hunt 2011/201213117201214€384,500€138,510€523,010
National Hunt 2010/201119024201418€463,095€129,044€592,139
National Hunt 2009/201022623242418€304,518€96,510€401,028
National Hunt 2008/200923324222922€453,700€193,205€646,905
National Hunt 2007/200822329241318€429,635€150,020€579,655
National Hunt 2006/200717019151015€269,600€120,585€390,185
National Hunt 2005/2006105151388€337,600€85,400€423,000
National Hunt 2004/20055511842€190,750€84,810€275,560
National Hunt 2003/2004234401€131,350€7,920€139,270
National Hunt 2002/2003223110€28,700€4,860€33,560
National Hunt 2001/2002152102€26,300€2,355€28,655
National Hunt 2000/200160100€0€1,295€1,295
Flat 201910000€0€375€375
Flat 201530001€0€450€450
Flat 201410000€0€0€0
Flat 201370100€0€5,000€5,000
Flat 2012131200€5,600€3,995€9,595
Flat 201180001€0€850€850
Flat 2010105101€41,858€1,508€43,366
Flat 200970100€0€1,190€1,190
Flat 2008120001€0€600€600
Flat 2007110023€0€6,010€6,010
Flat 2006170000€0€0€0
Flat 2005242103€26,420€9,800€36,220
Flat 200420001€0€800€800
Flat 200320000€0€0€0
Flat 200250000€0€0€0
Flat 200110000€0€0€0

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Leopardstown 29/12/20 Macs Charm B. Hayes MdnHdl 2m 4f 11 12-0 M'dn H'dle
Limerick 29/12/20 Rocco Storm D.J. McInerney MdnHdl 2m 3f p.u. 12-0 95 Ryans Cleaning Event Specialists Mdn Hdl
Limerick 28/12/20 All About Joe M.P. Fogarty MdnHdl 2m 5f p.u. 11-10 116 RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction M'dn H'dle
Down-Royal 17/12/20 Macs Charm B. Hayes MdnHdl 2m 4f 4 11-6 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle €650
Dundalk 16/12/20 Ask Stampy B.M. Coen Mdn 1m 4f 12 9-11 Crowne Plaza Hotel Leading Jockey M'dn
Punchestown 11/12/20 Rocco Storm M.P. Fogarty MdnHdl 2m 100yds 8 12-0 Punchestown M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 06/12/20 Botani R.M. Power NovHdl 2m 4f 6 10-13 122 Voler La Vedette (Mares) Novice H'dle (Listed) Listed €450
Navan 05/12/20 Relegate S.F. O'Keeffe HcpHdl 3m 60yds 11 10-5 135 eCOMM Merchant Solutions H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Fairyhouse 28/11/20 Macs Charm B. Hayes MdnHdl 2m 5 12-0 Kettles Country House Fingal M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €360
Thurles 26/11/20 Mar Dhea (GB) B. Hayes MdnHdl 1m 7f 187yds 3 11-1 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) M'dn H'dle €1,300
Thurles 26/11/20 Kilkenny Star M.P. Fogarty MdnHdl 1m 7f 187yds 5 11-1 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) M'dn H'dle €390
Punchestown 24/11/20 Rocco Storm M.P. Fogarty MdnHdl 2m 150yds 7 12-0 Hub At Ballymore M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 24/11/20 All About Joe M.P. Fogarty MdnHdl 2m 5f 150yds 2 11-10 Connolly's RED MILLS EBF Auct. M'dn H'dl €4,000
Navan 22/11/20 Botani B. Hayes NovHdl 2m 4f 5 10-11 122 BetVictor Casino Monksfield Novice H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €825
Thurles 19/11/20 Gondor M.P. Fogarty HcpHdl 2m fell 11-6 94 Holycross H'cap H'dle
Navan 08/11/20 Relegate B. Hayes Hdl 2m 4f 4 11-0 135 Lismullen H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,750
Thurles 05/11/20 Botani B. Hayes MdnHdl 2m 2 11-9 124 Templemore (Mares) M'dn H'dle €2,000
Fairyhouse 03/11/20 Gondor M.P. Fogarty HcpHdl 2m 6 12-0 95 @ Arctic Tack Stud H'cap Hdle (Div 2) €180
Clonmel 29/10/20 Rocco Storm M.M. McDonagh MdnHdl 2m 149yds 6 11-7 Cashel M'dn H'dle €200
Punchestown 28/10/20 All About Joe M.M. McDonagh Hdl 2m 4f 140yds 6 10-10 Connolly's RED MILLS EBF Auct.Hdle Final €1,300

*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).

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