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Trainer Update: 7th March 2024

Updated: Apr 12

Olly Murphy's team continues to shine with 4 more winners this week, including Thunder Rock at Kelso and Here Comes McCoy at Southwell. Despite hitting the crossbar a few times, Olly remains focused on reaching 100 wins for the season. His Cheltenham lineup includes hopefuls like Roaring Legend and Go Dante.


Noel Williams saw success with Haston Clermont winning at Catterick and welcomed Largy G's first foal, a filly by Stradivarius. Dan & Claire Kubler have no runners this week, but Siempre Arturo is set to line up at Wolverhampton.


Rebecca Menzies had a fantastic week with 3 winners across hurdles, flat, and fences. Curley Finger, Heatherdown Hero, and Twoshotsoftequila showcased the team's versatility. With multiple festival entries, including Curley Finger and Twoshotsoftequila, the anticipation is high.


Camilla Poulton had a quiet week on the track, but Brazen Diamond makes his debut at Lingfield today. Camilla also welcomed a new foal, Lilo, daughter of Sweetheart and sired by Crystal Ocean.


OLLY MURPHY


Winners: 

2nd March: Thunder Rock @ Kelso

4th March: Here Comes McCoy @ Southwell (FOR CROWD RACING)

5th March: Pickanumber @ Lingfield

6th March: Believe Jack @ Catterick

 

Placed Runners: 

2nd March: Brewin/upastorm 2nd @ Kelso

2nd March: Chasing Fire 2nd @ Kelso

3rd March: Damarta 3rd @ Huntingdon

3rd March: Carismatic Soldier 2nd @ Huntingdon

4th March: Long Draw 4th @ Southwell

4th March: Arabescato 4th @ Southwell

5th March: Kilbarry Hill 2nd @ Lingfield 

6th March: Barricane 3rd @ Catterick


Olly’s team remains in good order and are still firing in the winners with 4 more on the board this week – Thunder Rock up at Kelso on Saturday, our very own Here Comes Mc Coy who made it back to back victories when scoring at Southwell on Monday, then Pickanumber won by 5 ½ lengths at Lingfield on Tuesday and Believe Jack was victorious at Catterick yesterday.  When commenting on his weekly blog earlier in the week he explained he had been a bit frustrated over the past few weeks having ‘hit the crossbar a few times’ with plenty of 2nds and a few odds on shots getting beaten, but they are still very much in good order and running to form.  And he remains focused on still trying to get to 100 before the season is out – not far to go now as he sits on 78 for the season.


Pictured: Here Comes McCoy



















Pictured: Believe Jack winning at Catterick, Thunder Rock winning at Kelso & Pickanumber winning at Lingfield




Olly’s Cheltenham Line Up:


When asked his thoughts on Cheltenham again on his weekly blog posted on Saturday he commented that he  “Probably hasn’t got the numbers and the quality I’d like to to be going there this year, but we have a few little outside each way chances if horses got in including”:

 

Roaring Legend should have a little each way chance in the Boodles (4.50 – Tuesday) if it starts to dry up, he was 10-1 before he went to Market Rasen (on 20th Feb – finished 3rd) for his third run and then disappointed on very heavy ground - current odds are 33/1

Go Dante would have a little chance if he got into the County Hurdle (2.10 on Friday) or The Martin Pipe (5.30 – Friday) not sure if he’ll get in or not.

Little Miss Dante is very much 50/50 – she’d want very very soft ground if she was to run.

Rambo T might run in the Coral Cup (2.50 – Wednesday) or The Martin Pipe (5.30 – Friday)

Sure Touch is in the Kim Muir (5.30 – Thursday) – not sure whether he’ll get in or not

Gunsight Ridge might run in the Grand Annual (4.50 – Wednesday)

Itchy Feet is the other remaining entry in the Pertemps Final on Thursday at 2.10


NOEL WILLIAMS


Winners: 

6th March: Haston Clermont @ Catterick


Noel has had just the 1 runner in the past week – Haston Clermont who was a convincing winner up at Catterick yesterday, under Jonathan Burke – his 3rd victory in 4 starts. A horse who is clearly really thriving for going over fences and relishing those testing conditions, fantastic to see him on such a roll and particularly for Noel and his team.  In other news Noel posted on his social media this week that he was delighted to welcome LARGY G’s first foal.  A stunning filly by Stradivarius out of his former Grade 2 winning mare Largy G who won the EBF Mares’ Novices Hurdle Final for him at Newbury in April 2022.


Pictured: Haston Clermont winning at Catterick and Largy G's 1st Foal.





DAN & CLAIRE KUBLER


Dan & Claire Kubler have had no runners in the past week but plenty in store for this weekend with 7 entries in total across various different All-Weather tracks.  The first of which is of course our very own Siempre Arturo who is set to line up at Wolverhampton on Saturday afternoon (3.50pm).  This race has been the plan for a while – it is above average prize money for the Grade and should be the ideal trip and grade so there are plenty of reasons to take his chance.  The draw will be key and Jack Mitchell has been booked to ride.  Declarations are in the morning so we will know more after then.


REBECCA MENZIES


Winners

2nd March: Curley Finger @ Doncaster (Over Hurdles)

 

3rd March: Heatherdown Hero @ Newcastle (On the Flat)

 

5th March: Twoshotsoftequila @ Newcastle (Over Fences) 


Placed Runners:2nd March: Floueur 2nd @ Doncaster

2nd March: The Churchill Lad 4th @ Kelso

2nd March: Mr Le Philosophe 3rd @ Kelso

5th March: Court Case 4th @ Newcastle

5th March: Libby 4th @ Newcastle

6th March: Tom Cody 4th @ Catterick


Rebecca and her team are continuing to show their fantastic versatility with another 3 winners on the board this week – 1 over hurdles, 1 on the flat and 1 over fences – superb!  They kicked things off with domination in what was originally named The Light Infantry Plate up at Doncaster on Saturday by training the winner - Curley Finger and the 2nd placed horse – Floueur. The winner, Curley Finger of course making it 3 from 3 in his last 3 starts, in as many months.  She’s also having plenty of placed runners so they are all clearly in great order.  They look like they’ve got 3 festival entries next week (listed below), all of which have been out this past week (and either won or places) so whether or not she decides to let them take their chance on the big stage we will have to wait and see…


Team Menzies Cheltenham Festival Entries:


Thursday 14th March: Curley Finger (2.10 – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Final)


Thursday 14th March:  Twoshotsoftequila (5.30 – Kim Muir Amateur Jockey’s Handicap Chase) – Mentioned in an RP article last week on his chances.” Twoshotsoftequila was cut to 20-1 (from 25) by Paddy Power for the Kim Muir Challenge Cup at Cheltenham after running away with the feature 3m1f handicap chase (Catterick – 27th Feb).  The 5-4 chance needed to pick up a penalty to increase his chances of making the cut for the amateur riders' contest on March 14 and made no mistake when running out an emphatic winner under Brian Hughes.”

 

Friday 15th March: Mr Le Philosophe (1.30 – Triumph Hurdle)



CAMILLA POULTON


Camilla has had a fairly quiet week on the track with just the 1 runner yesterday - Peggoty at Kempton.  This afternoon she runs Brazen Diamond on the all-weather at Lingfield.  This 5yo son of Brazen Beau will have his first start since recently joining the yard, he has been off since December 2022, twice a winner and placed on 8 of his 10 career starts, it will be interesting to see how this new recruit gets on for his new yard and connections.  In other news Camilla posted her delight on social media this week in welcoming new foal Lilo into the world, daughter of Sweetheart formerly trained by Jamie Poulton and by high-class middle-distance performer Crystal Ocean. 


Pictured: Foal Lilo



















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