Betfair Ambassador Olly Murphy looks ahead to a busy week for Warren Chase Stables with the wraps coming off their winter horses...
"His work at home is good and I'd be hopeful he will run well on debut. As I said he's my first bumper runner so I’ll learn a lot from running him."
Olly Murphy on Dunkereen
It was great to get back in the winners enclosure last week where The Geegeez Geegee bolted up at Stratford under Richard Johnson. That was his second win from three runs for me and what a fun horse he has turned out to be. He was only a £5k buy from the Ascot Sales, it just shows it can be done.
Plenty of other horses ran well last week without winning, including Royal Plaza who ran a cracker to finish second at Huntingdon having his first start for me since joining from Alan King's yard. It won't be long before he is winning and I was delighted to see him relax in his race.
Undefined Beauty just got beat the same day at Warwick, she's a winner in waiting as well. A few horses ran flat after a long season, including Skilled and Mizen Master.
It's that time of the year where a lot of the summer horses are coming to the end of their season and need a break. They have served their purpose well through the summer months and I'm proud of them, as they have helped me get off to such a good start.
It was great to have Richard Johnson in this week on his way to Warwick, he sat on a few lovely young horses and with a bit of luck he will be sat on top of them during the forthcoming winter months too.
My winter horses are nearly ready to have their first runs of the season, however we are in need of some rain, as plenty of them want a bit of cut in the ground. I'm hoping to give them all a bit of work round Bangor on Dee next week and will then look to start them off somewhere towards the end of October.
Dunkereen, an unraced son of Scorpion, looks like he may be my first proper winter runner at Towcester on Wednesday in the bumper. I'm looking forward to running him, as it will give me a good marker as to where the rest of my winter horses are fitness wise.
This week's runners
I've a few runners this week, starting with the aforementioned Dunkereen. His work at home is good and I'd be hopeful he will run well on debut. As I said he's my first bumper runner so I'll learn a lot from running him.
Tunnel Creek and Dove Mountain will head to Ludlow for a two mile handicap hurdle, both are in good form, however Dove Mountain may now be in the handicapper's grip.
Tunnel Creek won well on debut for me but has gone up in the handicap for doing so, so life won't be as easy.
Sandy Cove will go to Exeter on Thursday. His work at home is good and I'm looking forward to running him. He's a quirky sort, but hopefully a change of scenery has done him the world of good.
On Friday, I will run both Gold Class and Knight Commander in a two mile handicap on the flat at Chelmsford. Having both have won over hurdles for me they are most definitely handicapped to win a race on the flat again.