Top Irish jumps trainer Colm Murphy to quit

Colm Murphy: winner of multiple Grade 1s with the likes of Brave Inca

PICTURE: Sam Lawrie Top Irish jumps trainer Colm Murphy to quit By Keith Melrose 10:46AM 23 SEP 2016

COLM MURPHY, winner of multiple Grade 1s including the Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, has revealed that he will retire from the training ranks.

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Murphy took out his licence in 2000 and soon made an impact at the top level, with Brave Inca winning the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in 2004.

That horse would win the Champion Hurdle two years later and Big Zeb would also take championship honours at Cheltenham in 2010. However, Murphy admitted on Friday that financial considerations meant that he could no longer continue training.

Though big-race winners had been harder to come by in recent years and his overall win total in Ireland dipped to six last season, Murphy was still sending out big winners as recently as the spring, when the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Empire Of Dirt won the Festival Plate.

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