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)

Boylesports.com Champion S'chase (Grade 1) (Big Zeb - B.J. Geraghty - 2011)

JNwine.com 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)

bewleyshotels.com 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)

Coral.ie Leopardstown H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Empire Of Dirt - J.M. Moore - 2016)

bewleyshotels.com 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 - - 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 2021/2022362257€14,700€15,790€30,490
National Hunt 2020/2021571544€24,000€34,015€58,015
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 202140000€0€420€420
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

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Jockey
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Ballinrobe 10/09/21 Aldo The Apache P.J. Cawley HcpHdl 2m 5f 181yds 11 11-2 111 Burkes Clonbur H'cap H'dle
Wexford 04/09/21 Sempre Presto S. Fitzgerald MdnHdl 3m 5 11-2 106 Wexford (Mares) M'dn H'dle €300
Down-Royal 27/08/21 Aubretia J.C. Gainford MdnHdl 2m 190yds 3 10-10 Sean Graham Bookmaker (Mares) M'dn H'dle €1,000
Ballinrobe 23/08/21 Sempre Presto S. Fitzgerald MdnHdl 2m 6f 14yds 3 11-2 106 BoyleSports (Mares) M'dn H'dle €1,000
Leopardstown 05/08/21 Aubretia B.M. Coen Hcp 1m 1f 22 9-7 60 Awards & Gifts H'cap (Div 1)
Roscommon 03/08/21 Kilkenny Star B. Hayes MdnHdl 2m 4f 8 11-7 Dysart M'dn H'dle
Cork 02/08/21 Sempre Presto H. Morgan MdnHdl 2m 2f 180yds 6 11-7 108 Adare Manor Opportunity M'dn H'dle €290
Cork 02/08/21 Impervious M.P. O'Connor MdnHdl 2m 2f 180yds 1 11-3 Adare Manor Opportunity M'dn H'dle €8,700
Cork 02/08/21 Elle Perfecta S. Fitzgerald MdnHdl 2m 2 11-2 Mallow (M) M'dn H'dle €2,400
Galway 30/07/21 Botani M.P. O'Connor HcpHdl 2m 6f 168yds 15 9-9 128 Guinness H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B
Curragh 17/07/21 Aubretia M. Fortune Hcp 1m 4f 6 9-5 60 Kildare Village Ladies Derby H'cap €420
Killarney 15/07/21 All Thumbs Up (FR) J.C. Gainford MdnHdl 2m 4f 3 11-1 Dawn Omega Milk M'dn H'dle €1,000
Killarney 15/07/21 Quiet Escape S. Ahern NHF 2m 1f 9 11-2 Kenmare (Ladies Pro-Am) INH Flat Race
Bellewstown 03/07/21 Sempre Presto P.J. Cawley MdnHdl 2m 4f 6 11-2 109 Bar One Racing New Account (M) M'dn Hdle €200
Wexford 02/07/21 All About Joe M.M. McDonagh MdnHdl 3m 10 10-13 114 Cullen Mills Ballymurn M'dn H'dle
Wexford 02/07/21 Kilkenny Star D.J. O'Keeffe MdnHdl 2m 4f 150yds 4 11-7 visitwexford.ie M'dn H'dle €500
Tipperary 01/07/21 Ask Stampy P.J. Cawley MdnHdl 2m 4f p.u. 10-13 Tipperary Town M'dn H'dle (Div 2)
Down-Royal 18/06/21 Aldo The Apache P.J. Cawley MdnHdl 2m 4f 80yds 1 11-2 The E M Gray & Company Ltd Opp. Mdn Hdle €6,000
Down-Royal 18/06/21 All Thumbs Up (FR) P.J. Cawley MdnHdl 2m 100yds 7 10-13 Armatas Fire & Security Ltd M'dn H'dle
Down-Royal 18/06/21 Aubretia L.A. McKenna MdnHdl 2m 100yds 8 10-6 Armatas Fire & Security Ltd M'dn H'dle
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*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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