Timmy Murphy

Timmy Murphy, who won the 2008 Grand National aboard Comply Or Die, has retired from the saddle, after winning on his final ride on Happy Escape, at Chepstow.

The 43 year old made his name over jumps, partnering See More Business among others, most notably when the horse was carried out in the 1998 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

He later forged a formidable partnership with the late David Johnson, predominately riding Martin and David Pipe trained horses.

It was aboard the Johnson-owned Comply Or Die, that he landed his biggest victory, while Our Vic was another outstanding chaser. In 2004, Murphy partnered Johnson’s Celestial Gold to complete the Paddy Power Gold Cup/Hennessy Gold Cup double. Then there was the outstanding Arkle Chase winner and two-miler Well Chief.

Murphy later switched to riding on the flat and enjoyed 31 winners last year.

However, after victory at Chepstow this evening, he called it a day, commenting: “I’m going out on a winner as I’ve had a good innings but I’m not made for the Flat racing game I’m afraid. I have some fantastic memories and I’ve been very lucky to ride for some great people over the years. I’ve had a great time but the time to call it a day has come.

“I’ve been finding it difficult as this winter was very, very hard as I’ve found myself having to lose 10 or 11lb a day to ride and the driving is a pain that takes its toll.”

He added: “I would like to thank Michael Hourigan and Michael Halford who started it all off in Ireland and Paul Nicholls, Jim Old and Martin Pipe, along with some great owners like the late David Johnson.”