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Trainer Update: 22nd February 2024

Updated: Apr 12

Amidst a week of ups and downs in the racing world, Olly Murphy's team maintained their stride with a solid 25% strike rate despite sending out fewer runners. With eyes set on upcoming prospects like Brewin’upastorm at Fontwell, their determination remains unwavering. Meanwhile, setbacks plagued Noel Williams as several meetings were called off, yet hope flickers with Maximum Effort's entry at Chepstow. Dan & Claire Kubler are gearing up for upcoming races following a modest showing at Kempton, while Rebecca Menzies shines with three victories across different codes, showcasing their versatility. Camilla Poulton's week remained quiet, with the spotlight on one potential entry for Sunday – Peggoty at Kempton.


Placed Runners:

19th February: Fiston De Becon 3rd @ Carlisle

19th February: Booster Bob 4th @ Carlisle

20th February: Roaring Legend 3rd @ Market Rasen

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: Olly Murphy & his yard riding out.


Noel has had just the 1 runner so far this week – Royale Dance at Market Rasen on Tuesday who finished 5th.  As mentioned on Craig’s recent updates Noel is having very little luck of late with a number of meeting being called off where he had a runner.  As we saw with Maximum Effort at Ffos Las recently, often they are getting abandoned after he has arrived at the track – frustrating!  As we know Maximum Effort now has an entry at Chepstow this coming Saturday with James Davies booked to ride.  He’s been a great new addition to the Crowd Racing string and we still have a few raffle tickets left to sell that come with the shares, and the ticket holders are already registered as owners, so would qualify for their share of prize money should he accrue any. 


Placed Runners:

Wednesday 21st February: Elterwater 4th @ Kempton

Dan & Claire have had just one runner so far this week, Elterwater taking 4th at Kempton on Wednesday night and had a couple of close seconds over the weekend with Al Rufaa and Arctic Dawn, each being beaten by under a length respectively.  Over the weekend they have entries for Rothay Park at Wolverhampton tomorrow and Andaleep at Southwell on Saturday.  In their update on Siempre Arturo this week they reported “he has done a very pleasing piece of work, leading the way and striding on with real purpose.  He has come on a lot for his last run and is well over the bad scope. There is a lot to look forward to with him and he is a lovely prospect.”  In other yard news, Dan & Claire have also reported on their Social Media this week that “Astro King has landed safely after a good journey and is settling into his new surroundings ahead of the Neom Turf Cup next Saturday:” Really exciting to see how their Cambridgeshire Winner gets on out in Saudi Arabia – stay tuned…

Pictured: Astro King in Saud



Monday 19th February: Rafferty’s Return @ Carlisle

Tuesday 20th February: Golden Rainbow @ Newcastle (AW)

Wednesday 21st February: William of York @ Doncaster

Placed Runners:Tuesday 20th February: Odd Socks Havana 3rd @ Newcastle (AW)

Wednesday 21st February: Mister Moodles 2nd @ Doncaster

Rebecca and her team continue in a good vein of room with another 3 winners to report, 1 every day of the week so far! They are scoring over both codes and the team is flying which is great to see.  Rafferty’s Return won over hurdles at Carlisle on Monday, the following day Golden Rainbow scored on the flat over 5 furlongs at Newcastle and then yesterday William of York won over fences at Doncaster.  It’s great to see this versatile yard in such good form and they have plenty more too look forward to over the weekend.

Pictured: Winners, Golden Rainbow & Rafferty’s Return


Camilla has had no runners so far this week with 1 entry for Sunday – Peggoty who looks to potentially line up on the All-Weather at Kempton.  Earlier this week we received some updates from Camilla – Aced It “Is still recuperating and some time away from that being stepped up to full work, but looking fantastic and clearly very happy with life.”  Meanwhile Touch of Thunder “was having an absolute ball in the paddock, as he shows no signs whatsoever of the minor abscess issue he had last weekend.”

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