North Yorkshire horse trainer planning to sell stables

North Yorkshire horse trainer planning to sell stables

Top horse trainer Ferdy Murphy has announced he will relocate to France from his North Yorkshire stables.

Mr Murphy, 64, will sell Wynbury Stables, near Middleham, with the intention of moving to a farm in Upper Normandy.

Ferdy Murphy, the prolific Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer, is to relocate to France.

He is in the process of acquiring a new farm in Upper Normandy where he will continue his family’s successful breeding business as well as buying and selling young stock. He intends to use the farm as a training base in the future.

Murphy has been planning the move for many months and has informed his owners of his intentions.

The decision means that Murphy, Yorkshire’s winning-most trainer at Cheltenham in recent times, is to sell Wynbury Stables at West Witton, near the racing heartland of Middleham.

He has enjoyed great success since moving to Wynbury in 1996 – the accommodation then consisted of little more than a caravan – and he has saddled more than 650 winners from the idyllic North Yorkshire base.

The state-of-the-art facilities – suitable for both training and all other equestrian disciplines – are now amongst the finest in the North and include purpose-built stabling for 100 horses, its own gallops, a large indoor school, equine spa and horse walker.

The 80-acre site – to be sold by Robin Jessop country estate agents who are based in Leyburn and Bedale – also include a three-bedroomed cottage, two one-bedroomed apartments, a large office and staff canteen.

“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 Murphy who was born in County Wexford, Ireland, before becoming one of Yorkshire jump racing’s most successful trainers since the war.

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