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Ferdy Murphy with Graham Lee after The Hollinwell's win in the novices chase

Ferdy Murphy: aims to train 25 horses from a farm in upper Normandy

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Ferdy Murphy set to relocate to France

FERDY MURPHY, one of the leading jumps trainers in the north, is set to move to France to continue his career.

Murphy, who took out a licence in Britain in 1990, has enjoyed many big-race victories including the Royal & Sunalliance Novices' Hurdle with French Holly at the 1998 Cheltenham Festival, the Triumph Hurdle, a Hennessy, three Scottish Grand Nationals and the Irish equivalent.

"We're buying a farm in upper Normandy and hope to get a licence to train," said Murphy, who will sell his yard in West Witton, North Yorkshire where he has been based since 2006.

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Ferdy Murphy: plans to complete move by August or September

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"I'll also keep buying young horses there and selling them.

"I wouldn't want a big number of horses to train, probably 25. I've got some owners here who will send over horses."

Murphy, who visited a Chantilly yard in 2001 with the idea of moving then, added: "We've been thinking about it for a year and really got into it in the last six months.

"I'm selling my yard, which has about 100 boxes. I'll put that on the market in the next two weeks.

"We've had an offer accepted on the property in France and will look to move in by August or September.

"My French is okay and I can get by. My daughter Caroline, who is fluent, lives not far from where we're going and she's married to Guy Petit, one of the top bloodstock agents so it will help with the business."

Murphy, who has saddled ten winners at Cheltenham, captured his last Grade 1 with Kalahari King in the Maghull Novices' Chase in 2009.

"I've had some fantastic times," he added. "We've won some big races at Cheltenham, Scottish Nationals, Irish Nationals, Hennessys.

"I've not won the big one [the Grand National] but have one for it in Poker De Sivola who went wrong before Aintree this year. He's coming with me to France."

No stranger to success in France, Murphy saddled French Holly, one of his best horses, to win the Prix La Barka at Auteuil in 1999,

He also landed the Grand Course de Haies de Cagnes with Paddy's Return in 2000.

"It will be the end of an era, and I've had many grand times at
Wynbury, but I've always wanted to train in France," said
the Wexford-born Murphy.

"If I don't do it now, it is probably something I will regret
later on in life and the opportunity is too good to turn down."

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