After three winners last week, Olly Murphy returns with his exclusive views on all of his runners including six entries at Fakenham on Monday...
"Saucysioux is on a three-timer. She’s been a little star and the softer the ground the better her chance. She’s due to go up again in the weights so it would be magic if she was to win a third race in 14 days."
After a quiet few weeks where I was in a transitional period of changing my string of horses around, it was great to have a brilliant time of things last week with three winners.
Saucysioux bolted up at Ludlow under young Jonjo O'Neill. It was fantastic to provide him with his first winner as a professional and I'm sure he has a bright future. The mare has won her last two races very impressively, and she's giving my Racing Club an awful lot of fun. Believe it or not she only cost £1k from the sales.
More Than Luck won well at Taunton on Thursday. He will turn out quickly again under a penalty. Sangha River was a well backed winner of the bumper at Doncaster on Friday. The race was not run to suit and nothing seemed to go right but he still managed to win idling close home. He's a nice horse for the future.
Whiskey In The Jar ran a lovely race at Bangor on Saturday finishing second, finding 2 miles too sharp. I will step him up in trip and he's going to make a gorgeous chaser in time.
This week's runners
I've a busy week runner wise starting with Fakenham today.
Mullaghboy was a good winner there last time, he's gone up 2lbs, I've stepped him up in trip and he's unexposed, so I'd be hopeful he will take plenty of beating again.
Clay Allison runs in the same race. He's a nice weight on his back, but he has been disappointing. He has each way chance in first time blinkers.
I run two in the novice hurdle, Ballinslea Bridge looks the pick. It looks a match between him and the favourite, who probably has stronger bumper form but my lad jumps great and stays well so hopefully he will give him a race. Craigmor will have to improve on what he has shown so far to beat my other lad.
Saucysioux is on a three-timer. She's been a little star and the softer the ground the better her chance. She's due to go up again in the weights so it would be magic if she was to win a third race in 14 days.
Oxford Blu is my most interesting runner of the day. He handles soft ground well and stays well too. He jumps well at home and will be ridden positively. He's a solid each way chance and it wouldn't surprise me if he made a winning start to his hurdling career. He's very straightforward.
Tuesday - Friday
On Tuesday, I run two at Southwell. Ataman in the novice hurdle who has proved very disappointing to date. Weebill runs in the bumper, he goes nicely, is a big raw baby and Jamie Codd is coming over to ride him. He is a lovely horse for the future. I'd be hopeful he would run very well.
Wednesday, Sandy Cove will run in the claimer at Ludlow. He's quirky but has ability. He has each way chance if he decides to jump off.
Thursday, Cliffside Park will go to Leicester for the selling hurdle. He is very consistent at this level and surely has a solid chance again.
More Than Luck will head there too. He is due to get a big hike in the weights, so I'm trying to beat the handicapper. He was very impressive at Taunton, this is a valuable race for the grade, so he will take his chance.
Wood Pigeon will go to Wincanton on the same day for a handicap chase. I thought he would win the last day but came back sick. He's in good form and the softer the better for him.
Lastly on Friday, Captiva Island will head to Sedgefield for a novice hurdle. He was unlucky not to win last time when idling in front. I'm stepping him up in trip and I'd hope he'd take plenty of beating.
Dunkereen will run in the bumper up there as well. A good fourth on debut, he has come on for that and he will be ridden a lot more positively this time around.
We schooled 15 babies on Wednesday morning for the first time over hurdles. I have a lovely bunch, all which will have one run in a bumper this season before going out on their summer holidays. Richard Johnson popped in to have a sit on a few horses on his way to Lingfield as well. We also managed to get a few young horses out on grass which was beneficial.