The likes of Henderson, Mullins and Elliott will obviously be holding sway at the forthcoming Cheltenham Festival but nearly every year there is new name that sneaks onto the roll of honour and few would be surprised if Amy Murphy joined that list on March 13.
The pride and joy of her Hamilton Stables team in Newmarket is the rising star Kalashnikov who continued his thrust up the hurdling ranks when beating Bleu Et Rouge four and a half lengths and earned his place in the line up for the Grade 1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on the opening day.
Amy said: “We've had a bit of a dream start and to have a horse like Kalashnikov is unreal. Hopefully, long may it last and I have a great team of owners and staff and hope we can continue to build on our successes together.”
Murphy has the CV to match those of her star horse and worked as pupil assistant to Tom Dascombe before taking on a similar role with Luca Cumani and also gaining six months experience with Gai Waterhouse in Australia.
She is a very much a dual-purpose handler and has already made a bright start to her year with her Flat horses with five winners from only 21 runners and plenty more to go to work with in the coming months.
Amy kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those she hopes can prosper under both codes.