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Trainer Update: 29th February 2024

Updated: Apr 12

Olly Murphy's week has been quieter, but his team still maintains a solid 25% strike rate, with placed runners earlier in the week. Arabescato lines up at Lingfield today, with Brewin’upastorm eyeing the Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell on Sunday.

Noel Williams saw success with Mighty Moth winning at Hereford, while Maximum Effort placed 3rd at Chepstow. He plans to send Mighty Moth to Kelso for the Herring Queen Final.

Dan & Claire Kubler had a busy week, with Andaleep winning at Southwell and Astro King representing them in Saudi Arabia. Andaleep's victory marked 8 wins since joining their yard.

Rebecca Menzies had a successful week with Twoshotsoftequila winning at Catterick. Their versatile team continues to perform well with multiple placings.

Camilla Poulton had a quiet week with no runners, but her horses, D’ambonnay and Touch of Thunder, seem to have recovered from abscesses, enjoying the Spring sunshine.



29th February: Hara Kiri @ Ludlow


Placed Runners: 

23rd February: Roccos Inspiration 2nd @ Sedgefield

24th February: Resplendent Grey 4th @ Kempton

24th February: Grandads Cottage 4th @ Kempton

24th February: Woodland Park 3rd @ Kempton

27th February: Lord of Kerak 2nd @ Leicester

29th February: The Four Sixes 2nd @ Wetherby

29th February: Schmilsson 2nd @ Ludlow

This has been a much quieter week for Olly and his team so far with fewer runners. The 3 he has sent out earlier in the week (Fiston De Becon, Booster Bob & Roaring Legend) have all placed however, and he still maintains a strong 25% strike rate.  This afternoon he lines up Arabescato at Lingfield and he’s got plenty in store for the upcoming weekend including Brewin’upastorm who may take his chance in the Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell on Sunday.

Pictured: Hara Kiri winning at Ludlow



25th February: Mighty Moth @ Hereford


Placed Runners: 

24th February: Maximum Effort (FOR CROWD RACING) 3rd @ Chepstow

Noel has his team have had a great week out on the track with 2 runners in total finishing 3rd and 1st respectively.  The first of which was of course Crowd Racing’s Maximum Effort who finished a nice 3rd at Chepstow on Saturday - a really pleasing performance from this fairly new addition to The Gold & Green Crowd.  As discussed his last fence error may have cost him 2ndbut that was also mainly down to the other horse drifting across him.  He looks likely to improve further with experience and a step up in trip so plenty to look forward to with him.  Noel’s other runner this week – Mighty Moth was a fairly impressive 7 ½ length winner of her mares’ maiden Hurdle at Hereford on Sunday. Reporting on his social media after his delighted at her stylish victory he is next likely to send her up to Kelso for the Herring Queen Final. 

Pictured: Might Moth winning at Hereford



24th February – Andaleep @ Southwell

The Kublers have had a fairly busy week with plenty of runners both here in the UK but also their Stable Star Astro King has been representing them on the global stage out in Saudi where he lined up in the Howden Neom Turf Cup worth $2,000,000.  A fantastic opportunity for Dan & Claire’s team with this really exciting horse – he put in another strong performance to finish 8th, beaten just over 4 lengths in total.  Proving once again that he’s capable of competing at this level as he also did in Bahrain, he clearly enjoys travelling so hopefully his time will come to pick up a big pot before long.  Meanwhile back on these shores the ever consistent Andaleep notched up another victory at Southwell on Saturday afternoon, making it 8 wins from 25 starts since joining the yard and winning over £100k in prize money.  Brilliant training performance from the whole team and clearly a really smashing horse to have in their yard.

Pictured: Andaleep winning at Southwell & Astro King



27th February: Twoshotsoftequila @ Catterick

Placed Runners:22nd February: Child of Lir 3rd @ Newcastle

23rd February: Take Centre Stage 2nd @ Sedgefield

23rd February: Heatherdown Hero 4th @ Wolverhampton

24th February: Raffles Wonder 3rd @ Newcastle

24th February: Star Zinc 2nd @ Southwell

Team Menzies have had plenty of runners over the past week most of which have placed – 6 from starts 10.  This versatile team are really on a role and it’s lovely to see.  The highlight would have to be Twoshotsoftequila’s fantastic 9-length victory at Catterick on Tuesday under a brilliant ride by Brian Hughes.  They’ve plenty to look forward to over the coming days including The Churchill Lad who lines up in the Morebattle hurdle (Class 2 at Kelso on Saturday) as well as a bunch over other upcoming entries over both codes.

Pictured: Twoshotsoftequila winning at Catterick


Camilla has had a quiet week so far with no runners.  She seems to have had unfortunate luck with 2 horses both with abscesses – D’ambonnay & Crowd Racing’s Touch of Thunder, who seem to have now got over them and she posted a lovely video on her socials yesterday of the pair having a leg stretch and enjoying frolicking around in the Spring sunshine.

Pictured: Militry Decoration

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