Cork stable lad wins £1million

Updated: March 16, 2012

Cork-born stable lad Conor Murphy has landed a £1million accumulator when Riverside Theatre won the RyanAir Chase at Cheltenham.

Murphy put five of the stable’s best horses into an accumulator shortly before Christmas, when the odds on five wins were long.  The first four horses came up trumps and when the horse owned by James Nesbitt also entered the winner’s enclosure; Murphy had become a millionaire.  Had Riverside Theatre not won that final race, Murphy would not have won a penny.

Murphy, aged 28 would start his day at 5:30a.m. every morning.  His day would involve riding out horses, man management and dealing with every day knocks and bruises sustained by race horses.  Among the horses he rides out is  “Finian’s Rainbow”  who won the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday.

The irony is that he has comfortably out-earned his ‘guv’nor’ this week – indeed this season – and he could now afford to have several horses in training with him.

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