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Timmy Murphy

Born: 20 August 1974

Nationality: Irish

Notable Race Wins:-

Grand National: Comply Or Die (2008)

Scottish Grand National: Merigo (2010)

Hennessy Gold Cup: Ever Blessed (1999), Celestial Gold (2004)

Totesport Bowl: Celestial Gold (2006), Our Vic (2008)

Aintree Hurdle: Al Eile (2005, 2007, 2008)

Career History

Timmy Murphy is certainly one of the most colourful characters in the weighing room, but he still remains one of  the best national hunt jockeys around with his trademark late runs bagging countless victories.

After racing ponies as a youngster, Murphy then moved to the point-to-point scene where he was a former champion, but it was under rules that he made his mark on the national hunt scene.

He rode his first winner as a teenager in 1993 at Kilbeggan and slowly got to grips with the professional areba.  Gaining experience from the top yards of Dermot Weld and Michael Hourigan, Murphy blossomed in the saddle and then became a regular jockey for up-and-coming trainer Paul Nicholls.

The pair were very successful early on in their partnership and bagged some big race wins in the Pillar Property Chase at Cheltenham and the Rehearsal Chase at Chepstow with future Gold Cup star See More Business.

Murphy continued to excel in the saddle and it was his ride aboard Ever Blessed that really caught the eye as his never-say-die ride cajoled him home to victory in the 1999 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

However, it was Murphy's shenanigans off the racecourse that would halt a glittering career as in 2002 he was handed a six-month jail sentence for an indecent assault amidst an alcohol-fuelled incident aboard an aircraft.

After serving his time, Murphy returned a reformed character and it wasn't long before he began to rack up the winners again and in 2008 he hit the front pages for a very different reason this time.

Now stable jockey to David Pipe, the pair teamed up to win the 2008 Grand National with Comply Or Die in a trademark waiting ride from Murphy.  The David Johnson-owned runner has since become a regular in the placings at the Aintree marathon and has been one of Murphy's top horses.

Al Eile is certainly another horse that would venture into that bracket as he managed to win three Aintree Hurdles in four years in 2005, 2007 and 2008 for trainer John Queally

His 2010 win aboard Merigo in the Scottish Grand National was another Grade One success for the County Kildare and Murphy made it into an elite bracket that same year and rode his 1000th winner to become one of the greats of national hunt racing.

Other Leading National Hunt Jockeys

AP McCoy

Ruby Walsh

Richard Johnson

Barry Geraghty

 


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