Interview with Newmarket Racehorse trainer Amy Murphy #horseracing #horse #Newmarket

Interview with Newmarket Racehorse trainer Amy Murphy #horseracing #horse #Newmarket

Having previously worked as a Pupil Assistant to Tom Dascombe and an Assistant Trainer Luca Cumani, as well as doing a winter spell in Australia with Gai Waterhouse, Amy joined the training ranks in Autumn 2016 having learnt from some of the very best in the world.

What advice would you give to a school pupil who wants to train horses?

Go out and get as much experience as you can in few different yards, to see different training techniques and ways yards run. However, make sure you do your A levels first so you always have something to fall back on.

How important is it for you to something completely different from horse racing occasionally.

Sometimes it is good to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, however as you can imagine when working with any animal, it is a 24/7 job.

Is it hard for young people to get involved with horse racing? Any survival tips?

I do not think it is hard, however, sometimes it is not always a financially viable career for people starting out in life and often sacrifices have to be made. Tips – If you have never had any association with horses then the racing schools are a great grounding and a place to start!

How do you relax on a race day?

After having a glass of champagne after a winner!

Can you narrow your training methods down to 5 things in order to make a winning horse?

Keeping a horse happy, healthy, sound, placing them in the right race for their ability and getting the tactics right for that particular horse

What has been the biggest learning curve starting your business

That it takes a lot of dedication and hard work to get the business off the ground

Do you ever bet yourself on a particular horse?

No, I am a terrible tipster, I wouldn’t be doing this job if I was good at betting.

Amy Murphy was speaking on behalf of Great British Racing’s Under 18’s Race Free campaign which has been rolled out across 200 race days throughout the summer holidays. For more information visit:

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