After a quiet week runners wise at Warren Chase, the Christmas period is here and Olly Murphy is going to be very busy from here on into the New Year with plenty of exciting runners. Here's his lowdown...
"Whiskey In The Jar will head to Uttoxeter on Friday. Stepping up in trip will help him and he’s a proper chaser in the making. I don't see any reason why he won't win plenty of races along the way and I think it will take an above average horse to beat him on Friday now he has a run under his belt."
The previous week was a good one racing up three more winners to our tally. Cliffside Park landed a nice touch in a hurdle race at Leicester and then Saucysioux racked up a hat trick of wins when bolting up at Fakenham where Oxford Blu won the juvenile race, making it a double on the day for the yard.
He is a horse with a future to look forward to and will hopefully win plenty more races. It was great to train my first winner for the Geegeez syndicate who are a really enthusiastic group of owners.
Looking ahead to the week and I run a lovely horse in the bumper at 15:45 today called General Custard. He's a real chaser in the making but he should run well and the conditions will suit him.
I head to my lucky track Fakenham on Tuesday with a lorry load of horses. Royal Plaza will run in the chase. He is a strong traveller and will be suited by the track. He was running a big race before falling on his latest start.
Ataman and General Bux will run in the handicap hurdle. Both will be making their handicap debuts but I didn't think the handicapper has been overly generous with their handicap marks on what they have achieved so far. However they are in good form and will certainly come on for the experience of having their first run in a handicap.
Mullaghboy will make his debut over fences for me in the novice handicap. He jumps great at home and it looks a very winnable race.
I will run three in the lucky last. Craigmor will have to improve considerably on what he's shown so far. No Alarm's homework has been good but he has pulled up on both his point-to-point starts so needs to improve on what he's shown so far on the track. Rio Quinto is a lovely horse who disappointed me at Cheltenham, jumps great and has woken up since having a run. I'd hope he'd run very well.
Whiskey In The Jar will head to Uttoxeter on Friday. Stepping up in trip will help him and he's a proper chaser in the making. I don't see any reason why he won't win plenty of races along the way and I think it will take an above average horse to beat him on Friday now he has a run under his belt.
Undefined Beauty will go to Newcastle on Saturday. I think she's still handicapped to win races and is in great form at home. It all happened too quickly for her at Hereford last time out.
Hunters Call, all being well, will run in the old Ladbroke hurdle on Saturday at Ascot. Yes, it's an awfully competitive handicap but his home work has been good and I'm hopeful more than confident he will run well. He will have a nice weight and will get in towards the bottom end of the handicap.
Happy Christmas and New Year from myself and all at Warren Chase.