Olly Murphy has been enjoying an excellent start to the season. Here he discusses his runners chances around the UK over the next few days...
"At Sedgefield on Tuesday, Compatriot looks the pick of them. He's been a big improver on the flat since joining the yard and has schooled very well. He will handle the drying ground and it doesn't look to be the strongest of races."
So far, it's been a good week with four winners. Starting with a successful trip to Ayr on Monday, with three winners. Miles to Milan set the ball rolling by winning the novice chase on his first start over fences. Weebill won his second novice hurdle of the season and Finawn Bawn made a very impressive start to his career by winning the bumper on his debut. Thomas Darby won the bumper well at Huntingdon yesterday, he too was making his debut and looks to have a very promising future.
Friday at Market Rasen
She's the pick of my runners today and looks like she has a nice mark going off some of her Irish form. A slight concern would be the trip, but it looks a moderate race and I'd be hopeful she will go very close.
Thirteen years of age now and believe it, or not I won a couple of races on him myself, back in the day! He has a nice mark of 100, if you go by his old form and he's stepping up to two and a half miles today. I wish the ground was a bit softer, but it looks a moderate race and if he shows any of his old ability I'd be hopeful he could finish in the money.
She has been disappointing since finishing second on her debut for me and hopefully the blinkers will spark a revival today, however she won't be given too many more chances.
He's a lovely horse for the future and has his first start today in the bumper. I'm a little worried Market Rasen might be on the sharp side for him and It looks a competitive bumper with a few horses well fancied. I'd still be hopeful he will finish in the first four.
Sunday at Ludlow
He runs in the maiden hurdle and is having his first start over hurdles for me. He has some fair form on the flat, jumps well, but again this looks a competitive race for the time of year and Paul Nicholls' horse looks like the one to beat. I'm hopeful he will be in the mix.
Monday at Towcester
He looks very nicely handicapped off 100 and the step up to two-and-a-half miles on a stiff track will suit him well. He'll come on for the run and I'm hoping the ground won't be too lively.
She didn't stay at Taunton and didn't take to the blinkers the last day. Off her old form she'd have each way chance. The trip will suit and the quicker the ground the better her chance.
Tuesday at Sedgefield
He looks the pick of them. He's been a big improver on the flat since joining the yard and has schooled very well. He will handle the drying ground and it doesn't look to be the strongest of races.
Ordo Ab Chao
He makes his debut over fences. He had some very good form a while back and ran a promising race on his first start for me, albeit he was a bit disappointing at Sandown in a competitive race on his next start. He has schooled well at home, is in good form and should be well up to winning a beginner's chase during the summer.
Our winter horses are now turned out on their well-deserved summer break and we will have about 25-30 horses in to run during the summer months. We've had a great start to the new season and long may it continue!