Interview with Jockey, Timmy Murphy
Catherine Mills: Your career so far has seen you achieve great success as a jump jockey before moving onto becoming a flat jockey. Can you tell our readers a little bit about what motivated you to make this shift?
Timmy Murphy: Yes, well the main reason was actually injury-led. I'd been experiencing a lot of problems as a jump jockey in the final months of racing, namely with a dislocated shoulder that was starting to cause ongoing problems. I knew I had t make a change and move to flat racing or retire. The latter was not an option for me.
CM: Which racecourse would you say is your favourite and why?
TM: I would say Cheltenham over jumps, because the atmosphere there is second-to-none. When it comes to flat racing it would be Goodwood as the track is unlike any other for someone competing. I really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as well.
CM: Do you ever get to enjoy the races as a spectator or is it just work for you?
TM: Racing is work for me and any spare time I may have is relatively rare. That's the nature of this business with intensive training, competing and all the travel involved too. But when I do get the chance I have a stud farm that I love to spend time working on.
CM: What do you consider to be great challenges in your job?
TM: I find that as a jockey weight management can be an issue. You have to be very diligent. Travel brings its challenges as well, breaking routine and, of course, it's tiring in itself. You have to learn to manage that well when competing.
CM: What do you feel qualifies as the greatest achievement of your career?
TM: For me, it has to be winning the Grand National on 'Comply Or Die' in 2008. That feeling of euphoria is hard to replicate.
CM: What are your aims/goals now that you are a flat jockey?
TM: My aim as a flat jockey is the same as it was over jumps: to be successful and ride good horses.
CM: Quintessentially now has its first race syndicate and hopefully more to come. What would you say is the most exciting thing about being an owner?
TM: Being closely involved with your horse winning, that's a fantastic experience and very rewarding, just as seeing that horse generally doing well is.You have a relationship with them, so there's a great feeling of pride…. It's a unique bond.
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