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National Hunt Trainers to Follow

Olly Murphy

Although he has been involved in the sport throughout his entire life, Warwickshire-based Olly Murphy only decided to set up his own training establishment in 2017. The young handler made an incredibly fast start to his latest venture with Dove Mountain, his very first runner, getting him off to a flying start at Brighton.

Despite his lack of first-hand experience, Murphy is seemingly well qualified, having spent a number of years working under prolific Irish trainer Gordon Elliott at his County Meath stables. His mother, Anabel Murphy, also holds a license, and although her yard have only enjoyed moderate success over the last decade, he has been able to draw on her experience during the bedding-in process. With his father having provided top-class thoroughbreds for the Phillip Hobbs stable, the 28-year old has an envious list of contacts in the sport, and with his operation potentially looking to expand over the next couple of seasons, he will surely become a household name in the National Hunt sphere.

Over the last three seasons, Murphy has sent out almost 1100 runners, and as of July 16th 2020, he’s had 201 winners. At the end of 2017, he celebrated his inaugural Grade 3 success with Hunters Call securing the Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle under the impressive Jack Kennedy. More recently, he clocked up an impressive four-timer at Southwell which paid out at odds of 136-1.

With the likes of Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls and Dan Skelton dominating the UK jumps racing scene in recent years, Murphy may have to wait a little while longer before he’s competing for the NH Trainer’s Championship. However, he was heavily involved in the titanic training battle between Gordon Elliott and eventual winner Willie Mullins back in 2016, and he may look to harness some of that experience going forward. His former employer is 10/3 in the latest horse racing betting to wrap up his first-ever Irish NH Trainers Championship this season, and the pair are likely to cross paths at a number of high profile meetings over the next twelve months.

The Stratford-upon-Avon-based operation have a number of star performers including Thomas Darby, who narrowly missed out in the 2019 Supreme Novice’s Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and the exciting Nickolson, who got off the mark at Wincanton last season. Although Skandiburg was disappointing in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle, the French-bred gelding still has enormous potential, and has enjoyed success at Prestbury Park in the past. Sangha River has a 100% record over the smaller obstacles, and also looks destined for better things.

Murphy isn’t the only newcomer to have hit the ground running with Newmarket-based Terry Kent having saddled a winner at just the fourth attempt this summer, whilst double Olympic gold medal-winning eventer Sir Mark Todd also got off the mark at the end of June.

It may still be early days, however, the early signs are extremely positive, and this relatively inexperienced handler looks set to continue his progress over the next couple of seasons. Having burst onto the scene just three years ago, Murphy’s career is still in its infancy, however, with a number of future stars currently residing at Warren Chase Stables, the future looks extremely bright for this savvy trainer.