Damian’s legacy continues

PULLING TOGETHER: Rockmount is tasting success at the track with horses selected by its late general manager Damian Murphy. Pictured are (from left) Alison Murphy, Jill Kewish, Jess O’Donnell, Craig O’Donnell and Geoff Guest. PHOTO: Caroline Keenan

THE Euroa and Longwood communities were rocked earlier this year by the sudden death of respected horseman Damian Murphy.

Damian was the general manager at Longwood’s renowned pre-training and spelling farm Rockmount.

He was known for making cautious and clever purchases at the yearling sales and it appears some of his final selections may have been among his most inspired.

The farm, which buys and breeds some of its own horses to race, has been experiencing a purple patch with horses selected by Damian having success at the track.

The run of good luck includes impressive wins by Liberty Rock, Zachord and Fast and Free.

Craig O’Donnell, who worked alongside Damian for 12 years and has now stepped into the role of his former boss, said the recent success had been bitter/sweet because Damian wasn’t there to enjoy it.

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