Today I am bringing to you an interview with the brilliant, quickly up and coming trainer Amy Murphy. I hope you enjoy!
Me: What’s your favourite day of the racing calendar?
Amy: On the flat, my favourite day would be the Tuesday of Royal Ascot and National Hunt, it would be the Tuesday of the Cheltenham Festival.
Me: What’s the goal for you and the team? Grand National, Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, what’s the dream?
Amy: My goal as a trainer would be to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. For the team, more realistically, my goal would be to constantly hit and better the targets we set at the beginning of each season. In doing so, I would hope that we can then improve the quality of horses in training.
Me: If you could train one horse that is currently in training elsewhere, what horse would you choose and why?
Amy: Enable, for obvious reasons. She is everything that you would look for in a racehorse.
Me: Do you ever get any down time? What’s your favourite thing to do when you do get some spare time?
Amy: The best down time for me is having a relaxing day with my family and friends with a glass or two of champagne.
Me: What would you say to anyone who thinks racing is animal cruelty?
Amy: I would ask them to take the time to visit my yard and see first hand the five star care and attention the horses get and then tell me whether they still think the horses are suffering from cruelty.
Me: Kalashnikov is one of the most loved horses over the past few years, how is he? Where do you hope he goes next season?
Amy: This National Hunt season did not go to plan for Kalashnikov. However, he has had a period of rehab and will now have a long summer break out in the field with the other National Hunt horses. I would expect him to be back in the early part of the Autumn 2020/2021 season.
Me: What’s your favourite race course to visit?
Amy: My favourite flat track would be Chester and my favourite National Hunt track would be Fakenham for the friendly country feel you get.
Me: What is your ‘horse to watch’ that you train?
Amy: A horse to watch for the future would be Rudaina over middle distances on a flat galloping track.
Me: What’s your favourite race to look back on as an owner, rider or trainer?
Amy: My favourite race to look back on would be the Betfair Hurdle, again for obvious reasons.
Me: What are your opinions surrounding discussions of banning the whip?
Amy: With regards to the whip debate, I can see both sides of the argument. Personally, I feel the whip should not disappear as, if nothing else, it is an aid for correct measures in a race.
Me: What is your best piece of advice for a young person following their passion, whether that be in racing or something else?
Amy: My advice would be to follow your dreams and make sure you get plenty of hands on experience in order to make sure your dreams become a reality. Also, never be afraid to ask for other people’s opinions and advice.
Firstly, as always, I want to say a massive thank you to Amy for taking the time out to speak to me. Personally I think Amy is a trainer to watch, she is a brilliant trainer, a lovely person and overall just a great female ambassador for our sport.
I really hope you all enjoyed this interview and I shall see you all next Saturday at 11am for An Interview with Danny Mcmenamin.