Joe Murphy Stable Tour

    Tipperary trainer Joe Murphy discusses the pick of his string, including his runners on Irish Champions Weekend and at the Listowel Harvest Festival.
  • Thursday 07 September 2017
  • Stable Tours

Over the course of his training career which has spanned the better part of 30 years, Joe Murphy has earned a reputation as being a trainer that does exceptionally well with the equine ammunition at his disposal.

Despite not having the number of horses to compete with the biggest operations in the country, Murphy has consistently sourced yearlings at the lower end of the market that he goes on to train into high-class performers on the track.

Murphy’s most talented performers have included Ardbrae Lady (bought for just 20,000gns and placed in both the Moyglare Stud Stakes and the Irish 1,000 Guineas), Euphrasia (bought for just 12,000gns prior to winning a Group 3 and being Group 1-placed), Only Mine (bought for €80,000 as a yearling prior to winning a Group 3 and three Listed races) and Swamp Fox (cost €23,000 as a yearling and is currently rated 155 over hurdles).

Murphy also bought Vert De Grece for £32,000 as a yearling and trained him to win a maiden and finish second in the Futurity Stakes prior to him being sold and going on to win the Group 1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.

With Murphy set to be represented on Irish Champions Weekend and at the Listowel Harvest Festival, he sat down with Kevin Blake from to talk through his hopes for the big meetings as well as the pick of the rest of his team.

Older Horses

Fit For Function (GB)

Form Profile:

Rated 83, he is a consistent handicapper that has won three times.

Trainer Says:

He didn’t get in to the Sovereign Path Handicap at Leopardstown, so he is likely to run at Listowel next week instead. The thing with him is that he does himself too well and as a result is a hard horse to get fit. He’s the type that if you ran him three times in three weeks, it’s likely that his last run would be his best. I’d be hopeful he can win again.

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Only Mine

Form Profile:

Rated 104, she is a high-class sprinter that has won two Listed races this year.

Trainer Says:

The plan is to run her in the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh later this month and then go for the British Champions Sprint at Ascot in October. She has been a wonderful filly for us, but based on what she does at home when she is really on song, she could do even better yet. She’s her own boss, but all I can hope is that someday things will go perfectly for her on the track and she’ll show everyone what I’ve seen her do here at home.

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Swamp Fox

Form Profile:

Rated 90 on the Flat and 155 over hurdles, he finished second in both the Connacht Hotel Handicap and the Galway Hurdle at the Galway Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s likely to run at Listowel next week and after that we’ll look at either the Irish Cesarewitch at Navan or the Cesarewitch at Newmarket. I think there is more to come from him under both codes. He’s only a five-year-old and seems to have improved again since Galway. We’ll be looking at Graded races for him over hurdles during the winter and hopefully he can make his way up through the Grades. Longer term, I think Cheltenham will really suit him and we’ll find out in the next few months if he’s a Champion Hurdle horse or maybe even a Stayers’ Hurdle horse.

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Three Year Olds


  • 4-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Foxwedge - Littlemisssunshine (Oasis Dream)
  • Trained by: J G Murphy
  • Last Race: Dundalk, 3 Oct 2017 17:55
  • Result: 3/14, tracked leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Rated 71, she has finished in the frame in all three of her starts to date, most recently finishing a close third in a maiden at the Curragh.

Trainer Says:

She is a filly I like and I think there’s plenty of improvement in her. While I think she will prefer better ground than she raced on last time, I was still a little bit disappointed with her as I thought she would nearly win there. In the fullness of time, I’d say six furlongs will be her trip. She’ll be running again shortly, probably in a maiden.

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Mr Adjudicator (GB)

Form Profile:

Rated 85, he returned to winning ways in a handicap at Killarney in August.

Trainer Says:

We’re aiming him for the premier handicap over a mile-and-a-half at Listowel next week. He has really been suited by stepping up in trip. After that, we’ll go hurdling with him and I think he has the potential to make up into a nice three-year-old hurdler.

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Form Profile:

Rated 99, he has won three of his four career starts, most recently winning two seven-furlong handicaps at the Curragh in impressive style.

Trainer Says:

He runs in the Sovereign Path Handicap at Leopardstown on Saturday. It’s the biggest test he’s had so far, but we’re hopeful he’ll run a big race. He will be the least experienced horse in the field, but he’s very tough and will hopefully cope with the challenge of the race. He has a turn of foot and has won over both five and seven furlongs on soft ground and good ground, so he seems versatile and has the right credentials.

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Two Year Olds


Form Profile:

Rated 96, she won a maiden at the Galway Festival and improved from that to finish fifth in the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh.

Trainer Says:

I’ve been really happy with how she has progressed thus far and she looks to be a real miler in the making for next year. She’s improving the whole time at home and hopefully she’ll show that on the track in her next few starts. She’s one that we’ll be aiming at the Irish 1,000 Guineas next year.

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  • b c Holy Roman Emperor - Garra Molly
Form Profile:

A three-parts brother to the smart miler Molly Dolly, he realised €50,000 as a yearling.

Trainer Says:

I had him entered in the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, but I don’t think he’ll run. I think he’s a lovely horse that could well be a middle-distance type next season. He’s a powerful horse and I suspect we might just give him one run this year and look forward to next year with him.

Swiss Cottage (GB)

Form Profile:

Finished third in a maiden at the Curragh and returned to that track to finish fifth in the Futurity Stakes.

Trainer Says:

I like him a lot. I ran him in the Futurity Stakes as a maiden last time and while things didn’t go right for him with him having to make his own running, I thought he ran very well to only be beaten by four lengths. He’s after growing a lot since his last run and he’ll be a real mile or mile-and-a-quarter horse next year. He’ll be fine on any ground bar extremes.

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