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 numerous 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 Feet within the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown in February.
Though the Kate and Andrew Brooks-owned gelding did not observe up that success when unseating Gavin Sheehan mid-race within the Marsh Novices’ Chase on the Cheltenham Festival, Murphy expects the six year-old to be a serious contender for big-race honours this season.
He stated: “Itchy Feet is in nice kind and the plan is to go for the Old Roan at Aintree. He remains to be very unexposed as he has actually solely had two runs over fences.
“What his long-term purpose is, I do not know, however we’ll get the Old Roan out of the way in which. If he went and gained up there, we would take a look at one thing just like the King George as I do assume he’ll get a straightforward three miles.
“He is a horse that has fooled me as his two greatest runs had been at Cheltenham and Sandown on very mushy floor and I at all times thought he needed 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 Power Stayers’ Hurdle candidate on his fingers.
He stated: “He is 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’m going to stay over hurdles with him and he’ll go to Aintree to the circumstances hurdle in November, with possibly the view to stepping him up in journey and these good three-mile races.
“I do not see any cause why he will not keep three miles and the staying division appears pretty open in the mean time – it is an avenue we’ll discover.”
Brewin’upastorm’s Festival run didn’t go to plan as he parted firm with Richard Johnson within the Arkle, nevertheless, Murphy is assured the most effective is but to come back 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 might 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 is in incredible kind and appears magnificent. He is one we’ve got not seen the most effective of but.
“The Ryanair may be a pleasant goal in time, however I believe he’s an excellent horse when the whole lot goes to plan.”
Murphy feels the swap to chasing will assist Overthetop realise his potential having come up brief in each of his efforts at Graded degree over hurdles.
He stated: “He has annoyed me a bit of bit as each time I stepped him as much as Graded firm, he has upset me a bit of bit.
“I believed he could be a Graded horse over hurdles, however there isn’t any doubt he could be a sensible staying novice chaser and one to stay up for.
“He will run when the bottom eases, almost definitely 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 Final, however Murphy is backing the six-year-old to revive his fortunes over fences.
He stated: “He was a star final season. He is a horse that basically places a smile on my face as he tries very arduous. At Cheltenham he definitely wasn’t himself.
“He is prone to begin off over two and a half miles, however he’ll need three and could possibly be one for the National Hunt Chase. He jumps very properly.”
Keeping Nickolson sound presents as a lot of a problem as getting him match for races, however with a transparent run, Murphy predicts huge 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 will 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 might have discovered the Champion Bumper past him on his closing 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 believe we’ll preserve issues small in the intervening time.”
Of these ready within the wings, Champagnesuperover and Jetaway Joey are two Murphy significantly can’t wait to unleash over hurdles within the coming weeks.
He stated: “Champagnesuperover is a horse that may hopefully take excessive rank within the novice hurdle division.
“He will need two-and-a-half, however a Tolworth Hurdle on very heavy floor would possibly simply go well with him properly as a mid-season goal.
“Jetaway Joey is a beautiful horse that might be a staying sort. He handles mushy circumstances very properly and from what we have seen, he jumps nice. I believe he could possibly be a little bit of a darkish horse.”