Murphy begins Flat career with two Brighton rides

Poker De Sivola - Sandown - 23.04.2011

Timmy Murphy: switches fences for starting stalls at Brighton

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos) 

TIMMY MURPHY will take the first two rides of his new career as a Flat rider at Brighton on Wednesday having decided to make the switch from riding over jumps.

Murphy, 40, revealed last week that he had taken out a licence to ride on the Flat, and has been confirmed to ride Jay Bee Blue in the 6½f handicap (4.45) and Ada Lovelace in the 5f handicap (5.15).

The Grand National-winning rider, who partnered more than 1,000 winners over jumps, many in the colours of former leading owner David Johnson, has not ridden since January 2014 having had problems with a dislocated shoulder.

David Pipe, the trainer of Murphy’s Grand National winner Comply Or Die, wished the rider well in his new career.

Writing in his blog, Pipe said: “I wish Timmy Murphy well as he begins his new career as a flat jockey this week. You may recall that Timmy partnered many high profile winners for the stable including Our Vic in the Totesport Bowl at Aintree and of course the Grand National aboard Comply Or Die. We wish him every success with his new venture.”

In a 23-year career, Murphy has ridden on the Flat just 71 times and is emulating the likes of Graham Lee, Jim Crowley and PJ McDonald in moving to the Flat after succeeding over jumps.

Speaking after revealing his decision to move to the Flat, Murphy said: “I’m very excited to have made the decision to continue my career as a Flat jockey. I’ve had a fantastic time as a jumps jockey and I’m extremely grateful to have achieved so much.”

 

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