Cheltenham top lot bolsters Murphy's budding string
Rio Quinto fetched £130,000 at the May Sale
In April it was announced that Olly Murphy was to leave his post as assistant to the most upwardly mobile jumps trainer around, Gordon Elliott, and set up under his own name. And late on Thursday evening the budding young handler received a significant addition to his string, with the news that Rio Quinto, who jointly topped the Tattersalls Ireland Chelten May Sale at £130,000, was to come under his care.
In the immediate aftermath of signing for Rio Quinto, Murphy's father - prominent bloodstock agent Aiden, had not had chance to speak to his client, who wished to remain anonymous, so was unable to reveal where the promising four-year-old would be heading.
"He's been bought for an existing client and he's coming back with me to Stratford now and will go out in the field. He's a very nice-quality horse, and the form of both his races has worked out so he won't be a maiden for much longer,” was all the agent was able to reveal.
But after the dust had settled it was decided that the younger Murphy would take charge of the twice-raced son of Loup Breton.
"It's great to have only just started training and to have already been sent a sale-topper," enthused Murphy, who aims to have his first runners in around a months' time. "He's a lovely horse, both of the maidens he contested look well above-average and I'm really looking forward to training him.
"He'll have six weeks out now and then he'll be trained as a proper National Hunt horse, with the plan likely to be to start him off in a bumper in the autumn."
As the son of a bloodstock agent, and having cut his teeth with a man who made his name transforming stock sourced for small money, Murphy is no stranger to the cut and thrust of the bloodstock sales industry, a grounding which can only stand him in excellent stead for his new venture.
"I've done an awful lot of sales with Gordon and dad, it's something I enjoy, and I'm certainly not afraid to ring Gordon and ask for his opinion," he said.
"Opinions are a big thing, obviously dad has been in the game a long time and Gordon's buying winners day in day out. He was very good to me when I was his assistant, giving me free reign to go and buy horses for syndicates. Being given trust in the bloodstock world is a big deal."
With well-established owners already holding high opinions of the young trainer, placing their trust in him to deliver the goods with their new six-figure purchases, it seems Rio Quinto is not the only one who won't be a maiden for much longer.