?Awesome? Storm out to state festival claims in Ballymore trial
Ballymore Novices' Hurdle | Grade 2 | 4yo+ | 2m4½f | ITV/RTV
Olly Murphy is confident a change of tactics can result in a first Graded success for his highly promising Challow fourth Brewin'Upastorm.
He was an authoritative winner on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon, and travelled well when held-up in Newbury's Grade 1 contest but could not get to the eventual winner Champ, who is the current 4-1 favourite for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle in March.
Murphy said: "He's in good form and I wouldn't swap him with anything else in the race. I think he arguably brings the strongest form in the race. The track won't be a problem for him either.
"We will ride him a bit closer to the pace than we did at Newbury, I probably gave Richard [Johnson] the wrong riding instructions that day. I think if anything finishes in front of him then they will win. He is awesome and I'm really looking forward to running him."
Birchdale is another exciting name in Nicky Henderson's string of novice hurdlers and the five-year-old bids to build on his impressive four-length win at Warwick on his debut for the yard.
Henderson said: "We could have run Champ in this, but he's got all the experience in the world, while Birchdale has had one run. I'm pretty sure this is a good trip and I think, and hope, he's a talented horse. He looked good at Warwick and Clarendon Street was behind him then and has won since. He needs a test to see where he goes."
What they say
Fergal O'Brien, trainer of Jarveys Plate
He's in good form. His win at Cheltenham was rock-solid and he seems in the same sort of form. He has to give 5lb to some good horses there so it won't be an easy task for him.
Ruth Jefferson, trainer of Buster Valentine
It's a good race and is a step up on what he has achieved. He has always looked a lot better than the winning distance so we are throwing him in the deep end to find out how good he is and what trip he wants.
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