Olly Murphy: Big week of entries but keep an eye on Oxford Blu

Olly Murphy thinks Royal Plaza could go close at Ayr today
Olly Murphy thinks Royal Plaza could go close at Ayr today

It's a busy week for Betfair Ambassador Olly Murphy which begins on Monday with four runners at Ayr...

"Royal Plaza is having his second run in a chase. He ran a cracker at Huntingdon the last day and if a repeat performance he should go very close."

It was great to get back into the winners enclosure with Cliffside Park who I managed to freshen up as he looks a lot better when given a break in between races. He won well in the end and I was delighted to be able to train my first winner for Ashley Carr.

It was great to see Undefined Beauty win at Southwell as well. She is owned by my Aunt, bred by my Uncle and ran in my late Grandfathers colours, so it was a special day. She may get a right hike in the weights so I have her in again as she won't have a penalty for winning a conditional jockeys race.

I had my first bumper runner last week as well where Fresh New Dawn ran a cracker to Finish second. He may run in another bumper before he goes jumping hurdles.

This week's runners

As I'm writing this I'm currently on a plane up to Scotland with my mother, where I start off a very busy week with four runners.

Captiva Island is having his first run over hurdles in the novice hurdle. He does everything nicely at home but, in what looks a hot race for up here, I'd be delighted if he was placed.

Royal Plaza is having his second run in a chase. He ran a cracker at Huntingdon the last day and if a repeat performance he should go very close.

Wood Pigeon is having his first run for me in the conditional jockeys race. He doesn't do anything flashy at home but may well have a nice handicap mark. He stays well and I'd be hopeful he will run very well.

Dunkereen is my last runner of the day in the bumper. He goes well at home but he's a big raw baby so whatever he does he will improve on. All the same, I'd be disappointed if he doesn't run very well. There is a lot of talk for Nicky Richards so he will be hard to beat.

On Wednesday I may run two in the bumper at Fakenham, both similar types, having won point to points on their last starts and they both work like they could be competitive in a bumper before going jumping obstacles.

Tunnel Creek may well go to Taunton. I ran him over the wrong trip the last day, where two miles was too sharp so with a step back up in trip I'd be hopeful he will run very well.

Clay Allison may go there too for a novice handicap chase. He blew up the last day and a better run is expected.

Don't Tell Kate and Dakota City may head to Nottingham for an amateur race. Dakota was arguably very unlucky at Windsor last week so fingers crossed he will make amends. I may run Sky of Stars and Gold Class in the seller at Stratford.

The Geegeez Geegee will go there too as I may run him in a nice handicap where he only has 10-5. He's in good form but it will take a career best performance to win.

Knight Commander will go to Wetherby on Friday where he will step up in trip. That may well eke out a little bit more improvement.

Mullaghboy and Sandy Cove may go to Uttoxeter. Both have come on for their first runs, but I worry the handicapper has got a hold of the pair of them.

An eye on the future at Newmarket

I galloped some lovely horses at Newbury after racing over the weekend. I've a bonny little juvenile that would be worth keeping an eye on called Oxford Blu who was bought out of Sir Mark Prescott's yard.

Another I'm looking forward to running, is called Weebill. He's a lovely big horse who will start off in a bumper. His future lies as a staying chaser but he's certainly a horse to follow.

It was great to have my first runner at Cheltenham on Friday where Mizen Master ran a cracker to finish eighth. He's done us proud winning a couple of races and will now have a winter break before coming back in to jump fences next summer.

Believe it or not, it was the first time Gordon has been over to see my new yard since I've been home and it felt special showing him round. He has had some really bad luck recently, with horses getting fatal injuries, so let's hope that's the end of it.

I'm heading up to Newmarket tomorrow night after Ayr for their horses in training sale. I'm aiming to buy six juveniles off the flat on spec, so if you may have an interest in ownership please get in contact.

I bought some of my early winners from there this time last year, including Knight Commander for only £10k who has won twice and failed to finish out the prize money all season.

As many of you would be aware, I was glued to the TV at 12pm yesterday to watch the second city Derby where Aston villa played Birmingham. It ended up 0-0 so all wasn't so bad; aside from my horses you won't find anything I'm more passionate about!

Some sad news from Warren Chase this week, Oath Breaker unfortunately broke down at Stratford last Saturday so I have retired him from racing.

Fingers crossed for a winner or two this week and with a bit of luck, a few new horses by the end of the week.

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