Timmy Murphy

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Timothy James "Timmy" Murphy (born 20 August 1974 in County Kildare, Ireland)[1] is a former National Hunt and now current Flat racing jockey who overcame difficult personal problems[2] to win the 2008 Grand National at Aintree Racecourse[3] on the horse Comply or Die.[4] He recorded his 1,000th winner at Taunton on 21 January 2010. He won the Scottish Grand National on Merigo in 2010 and 2012. He was the winner of the 2005 Jump Jockey of the Year at the Lester Awards.

Career[edit]

Murphy rode his first National Hunt winner in January 1994 at Punchestown on The Real Article.[5] He came second in the 2001 Grand National on Smarty. He won the 2001 Irish Grand National on David's Lad. In the 2001/02 season he was working for Paul Nicholls and was two wins away from his first GB century with a fortnight left in the season when he was arrested after a flight to Japan.[6] When Murphy was released from prison he worked in Mike Hourigans yard. While there he rode Beef or Salmon to victory in the 2002 Ericsson Chase and the 2003 Irish Hennessy Gold Cup both at Leopardstown.

Timmy Murphy won the 2008 Grand National on Comply or Die for trainer David Pipe and owner David Johnson. Only four completed the race. This was Murphy's 11th attempt at winning the Grand National. In the 2009 Grand National Murphy came second to Mon Mome on Comply or Die. He rode Comply or Die the following two years at the Grand National but had no further success on him.

On May 11th 2015 at Wolverhampton he had his first winner since his switch to the flat on Houdini.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2002 he got a one month sentence for indecent assault and three months for being drunk on an aeroplane served concurrently.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nick Townsend (4 March 2007). "Timmy Murphy: Festival haul the bonus for winning hardest race of all". The Independent. 
  2. ^ Murphy, Timmy; Donn McClean (2006). Riding the Storm:My Autobiography. Newbury: Highdown. ISBN 1-905156-27-8. 
  3. ^ Sunday Telegraph Issue no 2,443 (dated 6 April 2008)- article on Page One:"A personal triumph for national winner"
  4. ^ Sky News-Comply Or Die Wins At Aintree
  5. ^ O'Connor, Brian (2009). KINGS of the SADDLE: Ireland's Greatest Jockeys. Aurum. p. 145. ISBN 9781845134440. 
  6. ^ O'Connor, Brian (2009). KINGS of the SADDLE: Ireland's Greatest Jockeys. Aurum. p. 149. ISBN 9781845134440. 
  7. ^ "Grand National Winner Timmy Murphy rides first success on flat". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  8. ^ O'Connor, Brian (2009). KINGS of the SADDLE: Ireland's Greatest Jockeys. Aurum. p. 149. ISBN 9781845134440.