Zambezi fourth to bring curtain down on Colm Murphy's training career
Colm Murphy had to settle for fourth with his final runner as a trainer as Black Zambezi found wide-margin winner Blood Crazed Tiger far too good in the Kilkenny River Court Hotel Maiden Hurdle at Gowran Park.
Murphy, who counts Champion Hurdle winner Brave Inca amongst the best horses he has trained, is relinquishing his licence due to financial reasons.
Black Zambezi tried his best to see the County Wexford trainer finish on a winning note but he fell well short at the finish.
Murphy said: "We've been so fortunate and it's (racing) been so good to us and you'll miss these days. It's nice to have done what we've done and at the moment I've no regrets on the decision.
"We've had a phenomenal time of it with some very good horses and have had some fantastic owners but we just don't have the numbers we used to have and don't have the high-profile horses and you need those to be viable.
"We're fortunate where we are in a great position to make that decision.
"We'll sit down and see (what we do next), but we have plenty of pokers in the fire and there will be plenty going on at home with young horses and it's another side to the business.
"We won't be going anywhere and it's onwards and upwards now."