Olly Murphy

Rookie trainer Olly Murphy has made a real splash in his first jump season with 37 winners from 168 runners, an excellent strike rate of 22%. He has one of the leading fancies for the County Hurdle and it would be a dream start if he could strike at his first Cheltenham festival.

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OLLY MURPHY would certainly appear to have kissed the Blarney Stone during his spell as assistant to Gordon Elliott in Ireland as his progress since taking out his trainer’s licence at Warren Chase Stables in Stratford-upon-Avon is nothing short of phenomenal.

The 25 year-old has notched up 37 winners in his first season over jumps and accrued almost £300,000 in prize money and has high hopes that his recent Grade 3 winner Hunters Call could be in line to give him his first taste of Cheltenham glory in the County Handicap Hurdle at the Festival in March.

Hardly a day goes by without Murphy saddling another winner and a grand assault at Fakenham last week provided great dividends when his busy horseboxes returned to home base with four winners on board.

Murphy has the sort infectious enthusiasm that can only bring further gains and he has every right to be more than delighted with his school report so far.

Olly said: “I couldn’t believe in my wildest dreams that it could have gone this well but it has and I have to be extremely thankful for that.

“I am in the lucky position to be training for some good people and have a great team behind the scenes who help make it all work. We want to be at the top end and we have some nice young horses to work with who will hopefully take us there.”

Olly kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of those he hopes can help him prosper still further in the coming months.

Olly Murphy
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