COLM MURPHY ON . . .
Shunning a career as an accountant
That's something I regret every other day! When you go through quiet spells or you have horses repeatedly hitting the crossbar, you would begin to wonder what you're at. Then there are times like Christmas Day, which is one of the busiest days of the year for me.
Everything that's going to run that week has to be ridden out, so I could start at six in the morning and still be there at six in the evening, instead of having three weeks off work.
But then you have a good Christmas -- we had four winners this year -- and you remember that's why you do it. Like anything, you get out of it what you put in, and, when you've nice horses, the whole thing seems very worthwhile.
Getting through the recession
Things will have to go full circle, and that's something we're all going to have to accept. We're running a business here so that's the way it has to be treated; keep your costs down, keep your head above water, and hope that things will come round in a couple of years again.
At the end of the day, it's a luxury for people to have a racehorse, and luxuries like that are the first things to go in times like this. The hope would be that prize money doesn't fall any lower now, as that would just put more people off.