It's already been a great week for Olly Murphy after saddling his 100th winner as a trainer on Tuesday, and it might be about to get a bit better with his three runners at Market Rasen on Thursday afternoon...
"My fellow is in great form at home, has schooled very well and this looks a nice opportunity to start him off."
- Olly Murphy on Seemingly So
Seemingly a good chance with stable debutant
12:25 - Seemingly So and Newlands Cross
This is an interesting novice hurdle with Dandolo Du Gite and Earlofthecotswolds setting a decent standard.
Seemingly So was a £100k purchase after finishing second in a point-to-point at Belharbour, in Ireland. The winner that day, Dlauro, subsequently sold for £410k and is now with Joseph O'Brien so I'm sure that will make for added interest in this race. My fellow is in great form at home, has schooled very well and this looks a nice opportunity to start him off. The trip - just under 2m3f - should suit and any rain wouldn't hinder his chances. I'm expecting a good run with Aidan Coleman in the plate.
My second runner in this race, Newlands Cross, was very disappointing in Newbury when he was beaten a long way over 2m on good to soft ground. He would have to improve dramatically to be involved here and it's a watching brief with him until he shows me some sparkle.
Very big run expected for our Man
13:25 - Perfect Man
He stayed on really well when beaten 12L behind The Mighty Don in one of these Pertemps Series Qualifier at Cheltenham last month over three miles. All things considered I thought that was a decent run and I've decided to replace cheek-pieces he wore that day with a pair of blinkers, which should, hopefully, elicit some additional improvement.
He has winning form in Ireland on soft ground so any further showers would be a positive for him. These qualifiers are always competitive affairs but he has a nice racing weight, with Fergus Gregory claiming a valuable 5lbs off 10st12lbs and I'm hopeful of a very big run.