Reveley to join Murphy yard

by Michelle Fortune , 05 April 2012

James Reveley is to be Ferdy Murphy's principal rifer from the start of next season, the trainer has announced.

Murphy was left without a number one rider following Graham Lee's decision to call time on his career as a jump jockey and make the switch to flat racing when he returns from injury.

The trainer decided not to rush into a decision on a successor but he has identified Reveley as the perfect candidate to take up the position, albeit in a reduced role.

"Hopefully he'll ride one or two of ours when he's available for the next few weeks and then he'll ride a lot more for us next season," Murphy explained.

"He's been in and schooled a couple of times already and the idea would be that he'll come in and school a couple of days a week next season.

"He'll still ride for his dad. I've known Keith a while anyway and I think it will work out grand for us all.

"If me and Keith have runners in the same race, James will probably ride whichever horse he thinks has the best chance.

"We've looked at a few jockeys, but we thought it was important to get someone who knew the northern tracks and James is one of the top men.

"We'll still have Lucy Alexander ride for us and we have some other conditional jockeys as well, so the whole thing should work well.

"We wanted to make sure we had someone with experience to ride in the big races for us and we're lucky to get James to do that."

Reveley, who will continue to ride for his father Keith, is looking forward to the new arrangement.

"It'll be great to get on a few of Ferdy's horses next season, it's a good yard to be involved with," he said.

"I've been in and schooled a couple of times and it's a really good set-up. Ferdy has quite a French-style of training and I've always thought it would be a yard that would be good to be involved with.

"I'll still be riding for my dad as well and hopefully everything works out well. I've had a good year this year and hopefully it will be the same next season."

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