Murphy looking to future as Thomas Darby and Brewin’upastorm lead strong team
There is reason for optimism at Olly Murphy’s Warren Chase Stables with a number of talented youngsters set to make their mark alongside established stars such as Thomas Darby and Brewin’upastorm.
Murphy’s quick rise up the ranks saw him come agonisingly close to landing that all-important Cheltenham Festival victory when saddling Thomas Darby and Itchy Feet to finish second and third in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Unsurprisingly, given the depth of talent in the novice chasing division, the Arkle and JLT novice chases are high on the agenda and hopes for a first strike at Grade 1 level are high.
It is easy to concentrate on Murphy’s leading lights but there is plenty of strength in depth to the team, and the Warwickshire-based trainer is excited about the chances of his younger and unraced prospects.
He said: “We’ve got a lovely bunch of young horses to go to war with this season, including 25 unraced bumper horses, so it’s going to be tricky to split up the bumper runners. We have so many of them, but it’s a nice problem to have.”
Yard Warren Chase Stables
Where Wilmcote, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire
Started training 2017
Horses in yard 110
Members of staff 35
Assistant trainer Gerard Tumelty
Head lad Martin ‘Wingy’ Devenney
Head girl Sarah Tumelty
Travelling head girl Charlotte Best
Assistant travelling head lad Jordan Dorward
Barn manager Holly Tetsill
Jockeys Richard Johnson, Aidan Coleman, David England, Adrian Heskin and Gavin Sheehan
Conditionals Fergus Gregory, Callum McKinnes, Lewis Stones and Harry Sock
Amateurs James King, Luke Scott
Racing secretary/PA Teresa Spearing
Racing manager Camilla Cotton
Accounts Lesley Oldfield
Stable sponsor McCoy Contractors
Winners in Britain
Profit/loss to £1 stake
Four-year-old gelding by Sea The Stars (sire) – Jumooh (dam)
Owners: Syder, Whateley, Murphy, Burke
Form figures: 82/75-3 (Flat)
Racing Post Rating: 75f Official rating: 73f
Placed on the Flat but unraced over hurdles, he had a minor setback so won’t be seen until Christmas, but his schooling has been good.
6g Milan – Daraheen Diamond
RPR 150c OR 148c
He ran well in all the top novice hurdles last season and I was very happy with the way he won on his chase debut at Carlisle last month. He was always going to improve for the run as he’d had a wind operation and was a few weeks behind. His early season target is the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown in December and I don’t want to give him a hard race beforehand, so I’m in two minds as to whether to go to Cheltenham next week or Wetherby the same weekend.
5g Yeats – Amber Trix
RPR 124h OR 127h
He was progressive last season and ran well in a handicap hurdle at Market Rasen. I’d hope he would be competitive in a couple of handicaps this term and he’s since undergone a wind operation.
5g Blue Bresil – Ratina De Vaige
RPR 96h OR –
He’s been a bit disappointing to date and he’s going to have to improve considerably on what he’s shown, but he is a point-to-point winner and hopefully will improve with age.
4g Nathaniel – What’s Up Pussycat
RPR 81f OR 76f
He was ready to run but had a very minor setback recently. He’ll start off soon and has been a two-time winner on the Flat for me. He’s a fine, big horse who I’m looking forward to.
7g Montjeu – Forgotten Dreams
LF Infrastructure Ltd
RPR 137h OR 136h
He was probably an unlucky loser at Kempton and doesn’t want soft ground, so he won’t be seen over hurdles until next spring. We’ll try to win on the Flat before giving him a winter break.
6g Robin Des Champs – Kayanti
LF Infrastructure Ltd
RPR 134c OR 133c
He ran a lovely race on his reappearance at Chepstow but just got tired late on. Richard [Johnson] thought he’d win between two out and the last but he just got a bit tired. It was a lovely introduction and he might be a horse for the National Hunt Chase looking down the line. He’s a horse who will win his novice chase and will be competitive in Graded races throughout the season.
4g Coastal Path – Oasice
RPR 81p OR –
He was fourth in a point-to-point but he’s a lot better than that run. He’s shown me plenty at home.
6g Doyen – Azur
The Phillies Partnership
RPR 133h OR 131h
He ran well at Aintree, where the race probably wasn’t run to suit as they went no gallop. He’s going chasing now and could win a nice novice handicap.
4g Shantou – Sarah’s Cottage
RPR 92p OR –
We bought him from the Aintree sale and he’s my first horse for John Hales. He’s a winning point-to-pointer, a lovely son of Shantou, and I’m looking forward to him.
9g Medaaly – Accordiontogelica
Holloway, Clarke & Black
RPR 138h OR 137h
He’s run for me only once when he won a valuable handicap hurdle at Ascot in December 2017. That form has worked out unbelievably well but he’s had a couple of setbacks. If I can get him back on the track then it will be after Christmas but he’s trotting away and looks really well.
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5g Midnight Legend – Somethinaboutmolly
McNeill Family and Prodec Networks Ltd
RPR 123h OR 138h
He came out of Fontwell well and will go to Cheltenham in November for the 2m5f Grade 2 hurdle. It’s a step up in class but he beat a nice horse of David Pipe’s and all of mine have come on for a run, so I’d imagine he will too.
5g Cima De Triomphe – Maeva Candas
Kate & Andrew Brooks
RPR 153h OR 150h
He was third in the Supreme last season but things didn’t go to plan at Kempton as he made a bad mistake and that was probably caused by him going flat out. He could do with stepping up in trip, although I don’t think we’ll go chasing with him this season. He was disappointing, but it wasn’t him, and if he hadn’t made his mistake and got pushed wide, then he’d have probably been a reasonable second. He’s still one to look forward to.
4g Martaline – Queen Lee
RPR 105 OR –
He’s a winning point-to-pointer and I was disappointed he didn’t win at Chepstow, but I’d say he bumped into a nice horse. They drew a long way clear and both galloped strongly to the line. He’s a nice horse for the future and we’ll run him in another bumper. I doubt he’ll go over hurdles as I’ll keep him as a novice for next season.
5g No Risk At All – Incorrigible
RPR 110h OR –
He was very good at Wincanton last time where he jumped and travelled nicely. He’ll either go to Ascot for an introductory hurdle or go to Cheltenham.
5g Jeremy – Glynn Approach
RPR 109h OR –
He ran a nice race at Fakenham last time before making a terrible mistake three out. We’ll go back to a galloping track and I’m sure he’s capable of winning his maiden hurdle.
5g Flemensfirth – Dawn Bid
What The Elle
RPR 124h OR –
He’s unbeaten in a point-to-point, a bumper and a hurdle and he’ll come on for his win at Carlisle last time out. He’s a proper chaser in the making but will hopefully turn into a very nice hurdler this season. I’d be looking at something like Cheltenham next week.
8g Morozov – Garrisker
Holloway, Clarke & Black
RPR 125h OR 122h
He could win a nice handicap over 3m if he gets his underfoot conditions. The softer the better for him but he never really got it last season.
5g Flemensfirth – Malachy’s Attic
RPR 130h OR 131h
He probably blew up 100 yards before the line having his first run of the year, but he ran well and the step up to 3m suited. I may try to get him qualified for the Pertemps at Cheltenham as he’s a hardy staying handicapper.
The Butcher Said
6g Robin Des Champs – Georgina Valleya
RPR 138h OR 136h
He came out of Cheltenham very well; he was 18lb wrong with the winner, so ran an absolute cracker. It also proved he goes on softer going and he’s just kept on improving. His main target may well be a Grade 2 at Doncaster in January and he’s a horse with plenty of ability. He’ll jump fences next season.
5g Kapgarde – Ges
McNeill Family and Prodec Networks Ltd
RPR 126h OR 125h
He ran well at Fakenham, albeit he hated the track, but he will go for a handicap next and hopefully a Graded race after that. He does show me a lot at home and could be very well handicapped.
6g Beneficial – Silaoce
RPR 154h OR 151h
Second in the Supreme last season, he’s done very well through the summer and we’re looking forward to getting him started over fences. He’s an intended runner at Warwick on Friday, is in good form and has been down at Henrietta Knight’s for some intensive schooling.
Rival to watch
I love Champ and he got better and better last season. I thought he was very good at Aintree and he’s one I wouldn’t mind avoiding.
Race in focus
I’ve got a couple of nice novice chasers, so to win the Arkle or JLT would be a big thrill.
Two for the tracker
Linelee King could be a very nice bumper horse and The Wolf could be very well handicapped.
Although he began his training career only two years ago after spending time with Gordon Elliott in Ireland, Olly Murphy has already made a huge name for himself as a versatile trainer who is capable with all types of horses, and it shouldn’t be long before he strikes at Grade 1 level.
With an ever-growing string of 110 and the backing of some top owners, as well as having a fine team of regular riders at his disposal, Murphy has been plundering prizes across the country at will over the last couple of seasons, and 2019-20 looks set to be equally fruitful.
Hopes will be high for stable stars Brewin’upastorm and Thomas Darby as they embark on their debut seasons over fences.
The former already has his campaign under way and couldn’t have been more impressive when staying on strongly to deny the useful Good Boy Bobby at Carlisle, where Murphy has a record of four winners and two seconds from six runners.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle runner-up Thomas Darby has an exciting profile and although he won’t be seen on winter ground, he is open to plenty of improvement after just six races and could be a machine this year.
The vast majority of his regularly nosebanded team are chasers in the making, and none is easier to spot on the track than the imposing The Butcher Said.
Owned by the McNeil family, The Butcher Said has proved a revelation with four consecutive victories in May and June and although he was beaten on his reappearance last month, that will set him up nicely for a crack at Graded prizes after Christmas.
Overthetop – another recent winner at Carlisle – and Collooney look smart, young hurdlers for owner JP McManus, while it would be folly to ignore any bumper performer sent out from Murphy’s Warwickshire base as he has a 24 per cent strike-rate in that sphere.