After a superb start to the Festival, with second and third place in the Supreme, Olly Murphy returns to discuss the chances of Brewin'upastorm in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle...
"His form ties in with the very best of the staying novices and I think he has a very decent each-way chance."
Ballymore Novices' Hurdle 13:30 - Brewin'upastorm
Brewin'upastorm is our sole representative in the Ballymore and I think it's fair to say that he hasn't done much wrong in his career to date. He was a very good bumper horse and, thankfully, he has transferred that ability to hurdles. He easily won his novice hurdle in Huntington over two miles and I immediately stepped him up in grade and trip next time out when he didn't disappoint. That was in the Grade 1 'Challow' at Newbury where he finished four lengths fourth behind today's favourite, Champ.
We then brought him here, to Cheltenham, for a Grade 2 where he fell at the last when holding every chance. Richard Johnson told me afterwards he thought he was going to win and although we will never know for sure I'm inclined to agree with his assessment.
Brewin'upastorm is in very good form at home and the forecast rain won't be an issue for him. At Cheltenham the last day we made plenty use of him but we will probably ride him a little differently this time round, with a little bit more restraint. His form ties in with the very best of the staying novices and I think he has a very decent each-way chance.