Having loved a breakthrough marketing campaign final time period, Olly Murphy is setting the bar even greater because the jumps season actually begins to kick into gear.
Having been related to quite a few Grade One winners throughout his time as assistant to Gordon Elliott, the Wilmcote handler celebrated the primary top-level triumph of his personal with Itchy Toes within the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown in February.
Although the Kate and Andrew Brooks-owned gelding didn’t observe up that success when unseating Gavin Sheehan mid-race within the Marsh Novices’ Chase on the Cheltenham Pageant, Murphy expects the six year-old to be a significant contender for big-race honours this season.
He stated: “Itchy Toes is in nice kind and the plan is to go for the Outdated Roan at Aintree. He’s nonetheless very unexposed as he has actually solely had two runs over fences.
“What his long-term aim is, I do not know, however we are going to get the Outdated Roan out of the best way. If he went and received up there, we’d take a look at one thing just like the King George as I do suppose he’ll get a simple three miles.
“He’s a horse that has fooled me as his two greatest runs had been at Cheltenham and Sandown on very delicate floor and I all the time thought he wished good floor.”
Thomas Darby noticed his chasing profession aborted after two defeats over fences final season, however having returned to kind again over the smaller obstacles, Murphy believes he might have a possible Paddy Energy Stayers’ Hurdle candidate on his palms.
He stated: “He’s a horse, on his day, that is excellent and a horse able to being aggressive at Grade One degree, which he has proven earlier than.
“I’ll stick over hurdles with him and he’ll go to Aintree to the situations hurdle in November, with possibly the view to stepping him up in journey and these good three-mile races.
“I do not see any motive why he will not keep three miles and the staying division seems to be pretty open in the intervening time – it is an avenue we are going to discover.”
Brewin’upastorm’s Pageant run didn’t go to plan as he parted firm with Richard Johnson within the Arkle, nonetheless, Murphy is assured the most effective is but to return from the lightly-raced seven-year-old.
He stated: “He was simply beginning to get into the Arkle, however nothing went proper for him within the race and it was topped off by unseating Dicky.
“I’m going to step him again up in journey and he could properly go as much as Carlisle for the Colin Parker, or to Down Royal for that Grade Two over two and half miles there.
“He’s in unbelievable kind and appears magnificent. He’s one we’ve got not seen the most effective of but.
“The Ryanair could be a pleasant goal in time, however I feel he’s an excellent horse when every thing goes to plan.”
Murphy feels the swap to chasing will assist Overthetop realise his potential having come up quick in each of his efforts at Graded degree over hurdles.
He stated: “He has annoyed me somewhat bit as each time I stepped him as much as Graded firm, he has upset me somewhat bit.
“I believed he could be a Graded horse over hurdles, however there is no such thing as a doubt he could be a wise staying novice chaser and one to sit up for.
“He’ll run when the bottom eases, most probably in a two-and-a-half-mile novices’ chase. Going over fences will simply give him that bit extra time.”
Skandiburg noticed his hat-trick bid come unstuck within the Pertemps Remaining, however Murphy is backing the six-year-old to revive his fortunes over fences.
He stated: “He was a star final season. He’s a horse that basically places a smile on my face as he tries very laborious. At Cheltenham he definitely wasn’t himself.
“He’s more likely to begin off over two and a half miles, however he’ll need three and could possibly be one for the Nationwide Hunt Chase. He jumps very properly.”
Maintaining Nickolson sound presents as a lot of a problem as getting him match for races, however with a transparent run, Murphy predicts large issues for the Tim Syder-owned gelding.
He stated: “The plan is to go to Carlisle for an intermediate hurdle. The race is made for him as it’s for horses which have solely run twice over hurdles. He’ll go there with a view to going to the Gerry Feilden at Newbury after that.
“I do not like speaking horses up, however he’s as good a horse as I’ve within the place. He hasn’t fulfilled his potential but, I simply hope he can.”
Linelee King could have discovered the Champion Bumper past him on his ultimate begin final season, however he secured what the avid Aston Villa fan hopes would be the first of many victories over hurdles at Kelso on Sunday.
He stated: “He wasn’t proper that day within the Champion Bumper, however he did what was anticipated at Kelso.
“I’ll step him up in journey on a extra galloping monitor subsequent. I feel we are going to preserve issues small in the meanwhile.”
Of these ready within the wings, Champagnesuperover and Jetaway Joey are two Murphy notably can not wait to unleash over hurdles within the coming weeks.
He stated: “Champagnesuperover is a horse that can hopefully take excessive rank within the novice hurdle division.
“He’ll need two-and-a-half, however a Tolworth Hurdle on very heavy floor may simply go well with him properly as a mid-season goal.
“Jetaway Joey is a beautiful horse that can be a staying sort. He handles delicate situations very properly and from what we have seen, he jumps nice. I feel he could possibly be a little bit of a darkish horse.”