WE will miss seeing Timmy Murphy in the saddle. We have missed seeing him ride over obstacles for a little while now.

Murphy was built for horses. He was a part of the animal that is the horse-and-jockey. He realised at an early stage of his career that you couldn’t jump the fence yourself, that you had to trust that the horse would do that part of it. So he sat still. He became the quietest of riders, the stillest of riders.