Ferdy Murphy Jump Trainer
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Ferdy Murphy has enjoyed frequent big successes at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown and he regularly finishes the NH season with 60+ winners. Modern day success stories like Joes Edge, Lantartique, Hot Weld, New Alco and Aces Four complement those of the past in the shape of Truckers Tavern, Carlys Quest, Paddys Return, French Holly, Granit Destruval etc
Ferdy has been in racing most of his working life, starting with for Phonsie O'Brien in Co Tipperary and then with Paddy Mullins. He was stable jockey for Mr Mullins and held that post for five years.
He was later to become private trainer for Mr Bill Durkan, teaming up with the brilliant mare, Anaglogs Daughter. In March of 1980, Ferdy had a winning ride on the mare at Chepstow just three days after training her to win the Arkle Chase at Cheltenham!
Ferdy moved to England and became Geoff Hubbard's private trainer at Worlingworth Hall.
More success followed and two of the highlights of Ferdy's time with Mr Hubbard were Sibton Abbey (1992 Hennessy) and Gee-A (1992 Foxhunters at Aintree). Ferdy's son Paul, rode Gee-A to this victory over the Grand National fences.
In April 1994, Ferdy and his partner, Janet Morgan moved into Oakwood Stables in Middleham, as the tenants of Robert Ogden. In 2000, Ferdy moved his training operation to the current site; Wynbury Stables (owned by Bill & Edith Kettlewell, long-time friends of Ferdy) in West Witton, about three miles from Middleham.
Ferdy Murphy Racing continues to go from strength to strength, Cheltenham Festival success has come via Paddy's Return (1996 Triumph Hurdle), Stop The Waller (1996 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase), French Holly (1998 Royal & Sun Alliance Novices Hurdle) Hot Weld (2006 Challendge Cup), Youre Special (2006 Kim Muir), Joes Edge (2007 William Hill) and L'Antartique (2007 Jewson Chase).
Other notable successes have come with Mac's Supreme (Kerry Grand National, Listowel); Narrow Water (Tote Eider, Newcastle); Ackzo (Midlands Grand National), Paris Pike and Joes Edge (Scottish Grand National, Ayr),Granit D'Estruval (2004 Irish Grand National) and many more.