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 attheraces.com to talk through his hopes for the big meetings as well as the pick of the rest of his team.