Stratford-upon-Avon trainer Olly Murphy continues to go from strength to strength as he enters his fifth season of training with a host of graduate performers based at his Warren Chase stables.
This includes the stable star Brewin’upastorma second-year winner with nearly £200,000 in prize money to his name after a lucrative 2021-22 campaign that included victories at Aintree and the Lingfield Winter Million meeting.
Murphy spoke to Sky Sports Racing about the nine-year-old as well as three other horses in his yard who look set for a big season for the Warwickshire handler.
He’s a good horse but obviously a nightmare to train from Swinton. He had a problem with his back leg and his pelvis so it was one thing after another.
He’s had a long summer off – he arrived six weeks later than the others and was on a water treadmill and hopefully we got him on the right track.
He is a horse that we can hopefully keep in one piece and have fun with at the top of the ladder this season.
I would love to prepare before I go to Ascot for the big handicap before Christmas that we won with Hunter’s Call.
We could give him a run in Fighting Fifth just to knock him down or something.
I still think he’s handicapped to win a good race and become a graded horse – there aren’t many who win a £100,000 handicap like him.
He will start at Aintree in the race he won last year. He is really in great shape after a little operation in the wind. Gerard [Tumelty, assistant trainer] rides him every day and seems very pleased with himself.
He was a star for me and Barbara Hester – in the early days and years he really carried the flag for me and he’s a year older so it doesn’t get any easier but racing at Aintree the National Spirit Hurdle and the Cleeve Hurdle we’ve now got it can target.
And going back to the Lingfield race he won last year, they are all targets for him.
Over time, I wouldn’t mind stepping it up while traveling. I wouldn’t rule it out.
I imagine it will pass the hurdles directly. We could go to a bumper in Cheltenham beforehand if the ground was safe, but he is a magnificent horse.
I’m really looking forward to launching it on a good track with two big, long straights. He is a horse that has done everything well.
Come on Dante
He had a hairline fracture in his pelvis. I wasn’t really happy with him all last year. He wasn’t really jumping with ease and we couldn’t find anything wrong with him.
It wasn’t until after the Challow that it turned out he had a small hairline fracture, so we gave him the rest of the season.
Barbara was very patient with him and he always showed us the world. He won his bumper and first hurdle very easily and ended up with a very attractive handicap rating although inexperienced.
Hopefully we can put him to good use and he could be a ranked horse, but time will tell.