It's been a busy week for Olly Murphy both on and off the racecourse, as he explains in this week's blog, plus news of his intended runners at Redcar on Tuesday and Fontwell on Thursday...
Another extremely busy week has passed and gone by with seven new purchases arriving from Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale.
We trained our 20th winner this week when Undefined Beauty notched up her second win in seven days under Fergus Gregory.
I had plenty of horses run well in defeat most notably Ballinslea Bridge who was an unlucky loser in the bumper at Fakenham having met with interference several times.
We trucked up to Ayr on Monday where plenty of the horses ran well without having a winner. Captiva Island, Royal Plaza and Dunkereen are all horses who I feel we have not seen the best of yet.
A visit to William Haggas, time at the Sales, and a trip to Down Royal
I had a fascinating morning on Wednesday when I was lucky enough to spend a few hours at William Haggas'. He is a trainer I've always admired and it was a privilege to have a look around his establishment and see how he does things.
It was also good to spend some time at the sales with the lads, (Gordon, Busty and Mouse) before they headed out to Del Mar where Beckford ran a cracker for them in the breeders Cup Juvenile.
I was also very interested to watch Down Royal over the weekend and If you ever get a chance to go, you should as there are very few racecourses with an atmosphere like it. And to no surprise, Gordon Elliott won the first Grade 1 of the year! Long may it continue.
This week's intended runners
Dakota City was unlucky not to make a winning start for me at Windsor so it would be great if he could make amends on the afternoon. Fran Berry rides and he's in good form.
Clay Allison will go to Fontwell on Thursday. He will revert back to hurdles after he fell on his first start over fences. Mizen Master may well go there as well if the weather stays dry.
It was informative to have Richard Johnson, Ian Popham and Charlie Poste in early last week where we had a big schooling morning and got nearly everything off the ground. I make sure my horses jump plenty as I don't think they can get enough schooling. I'm only itching for some rain so I can get plenty of these out jumping on grass.
Have a great week.