In what was just his first season of race-riding, James Murphy rode his first winner at Punchestown in February 2018 aboard the veteran Bothair Clei, whilst also sturying for his Leaving Certificate at the time, in what was a real family success, as the horse was trained by his father Daniel and also ran in the colours of his mother Geraldine. Murphy's father Daniel is a well-known trainer having saddled Gentle Alice to finish placed in a number of Graded races, whilst also consigning young horses under the Walshestown Stud banner.
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The Co. Cork handler won the four-year-old maiden at Knockanard on Sunday
Gifted Coqolino justifies faith of connections.
The formidable comination of Barry O'Neill and Colin Bowe enjoyed a double at the mid-week fixture.
The annual Punchestown point-to-point provided the setting for James Murphy's first career winner.
It was a red letter day for 18yo James Murphy who was in the winners enclosure at Punchestown on Sunday.