Despite going close to some winners it was a frustrating week in the end for Olly Murphy and team but he remains in good spirits ahead of another busy few days. Here are the Betfair Ambassador's latest exclusive thoughts...
"Saucysioux goes to Fakenham for the 14:50, the form of her last race has worked out well and I'd hope she will go very close. She's my best chance of a winner on Tuesday."
We were unlucky not to have a couple of winners last week, with Ballinslea Bridge just getting touched off in the bumper at Newcastle on Friday and Captiva Island looking like he had his race won at Uttoxeter on Saturday, before running very green when hitting the front. They are two horses with bright futures who are both going to win plenty of races.
Rio Quinto was a small bit disappointing at Cheltenham on Sunday, but he just isn't a bumper horse and he will go jumping hurdles now.
I've been quiet for the last month runners wise, with there being a big change around from the different type of horses I have been running as we now head in to winter. 'Out with the old and in with the new,' is as good a way to put it.
It's taken time for the "new" to settle in and I've a gorgeous bunch of young horses for the future, so patience is very important. I'm enjoying training my young horses, getting them away from home and giving them plenty of jumping. It's a transition and you must think to the future. There is no doubt next spring/summer I will do the same as I did this year, try and buy the right horses and get the winners on the board.
I've a busy week, starting with five runners on Tuesday. Tunnel Creek goes to Southwell in the 13:30 with a good chance - he has blinkers on for the first time and a big galloping track will suit him well.
Sandy Cove, who runs in the 15:00 at Southwell, is the same, he's got a temperament so he wears blinkers as well. If he jumps off, I'd be disappointed if he didn't go very close.
Saucysioux goes to Fakenham for the 14:50, the form of her last race has worked out well and I'd hope she will go very close. She's my best chance of a winner on Tuesday.
Mullaghboy runs in the handicap hurdle at 13:50. He's in good form but will need to settle. A good lad, Lewis Stones, rides him, he works for me and rides well. The favourite will be hard to beat but we will be trying for our lives.
Undefined Beauty may go to Market Rasen on Thursday. She's a big improver and I don't see why she won't take all the beating again.
Wood Pigeon may head to Huntingdon on Saturday. I was disappointed he got beat at Ayr, but he came back sick. He can't have the ground soft enough so hopefully the heavens keep on opening.
Have a great week and fingers crossed for a winner or two.