Ferdy Murphy

Top trainer Ferdy Murphy has had an incredible streak of wins in the Grand Nationals at Cheltenham and at Punchestown. Horses he has trained include the likes of Truckers Tavern, Carlys Quest, Paddys Return, French Holly, Granit Destruval and, more recently, Joes Edge, Lantartique, Hot Weld, New Alco and Aces Four.

Murphy’s horses have won the Scottish Grand National a total of three times, with the most recent winner being Hot Weld in 2007.

Ferdy Murphy began his career as a trainer working for owner Phonsie O’Brien and then as stable jockey for Paddy Mullins. He moved on to join owner Bill Durkan’s team. In 1980, Murphy won the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham and went on to win at Chepstow, both times on Durkan’s horse Anaglogs.

With owner Geoff Hubbard, Ferdy Murphy trained Sibton Abbey – who won the 1992 Hennessy – and Gee-A – who Murphy’s son Paul rode to victory at the Grand National at Aintree.

In 1994, Ferdy Murphy joined Robert Ogden at the Oakwood Stables in Middleham. Finally, in 2000, Murphy joined the Wynbury Stables, owned by the Kettlewells.

Ferdy Murphy’s Cheltenham Festival wins include the:

  • 1996 Triumph Hurdle (with Paddy’s Return)
  • 1996 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase (with Stop The Waller)
  • 1998 Royal & Sun Alliance Novices Hurdle (with French Holly)
  • 2006 Challenge Cup (with Hot Weld)
  • 2006 Kim Muir (with You’re Special)
  • 2007 William Hill (with Joe’s Edge)
  • 2007 Jewson Chase (with L’Antartique)

Other wins by Ferdy Murphy-trained horses include the Kerry Grand National in Listowel with Mac’s Supreme, the Tote Eider in Newcastle with Narrow Water, the Midlands Grand National with Ackzo, the Scottish Grand National with Paris Pike, Joe’s Edge and Hot Weld, and the 2004 Irish Grand National with Granit D’Estruval.

Jockey Graham Lee – one of the UK’s top National Hunt jockeys – currently rides for Ferdy Murphy.