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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Ex-Elliott assistant Murphy starts out at home in Warwickshire

Olly Murphy: former assistant to Gordon Elliott, sends out his first runner at Brighton on Tuesday
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Olly Murphy cannot wait to make a success of his training career and, coming from both a racing family and having been assistant to one of Ireland's leading trainers Gordon Elliott, the chances are one of the youngest trainers will soon be making a name for himself.

Murphy, son of leading bloodstock agent Aiden Murphy and trainer Anabel, has his first runner, Dove Mountain, at Brighton on Tuesday, with a team of 15 horses for the summer season.


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Warren Chase Stables, Stratford, Warwickshire

Murphy, whose new stables are not a quarter of a mile from his mother's Wilmcote stables near Stratford-Upon-Avon, said: "It's predominately a jumps yard but I have a handful to run on the Flat.

"I'm young, hungry and ambitious. I know it's not easy getting going and it's very much a work in progress, getting used to the facilities, and I've made it clear I haven't galloped the horses hard to get the job done first time out.

"I've worked for the best and doing everything similar to Gordon, who I left on May 1. I've put the same gallop in as Gordon has and using the same training methods."

That includes a four-and-a-half-furlong gallop to go with a two-furlong Polytrack and six-furlong Fibresand gallop, while a new American barn is being built to accommodate another 40 horses.

'I'm looking forward to getting going'

Murphy, who rode six winners as an amateur under rules, plus 21 in point-to-points, gives Dove Mountain "an each-way chance" in the lowly 1m2f Brighton handicap (3.45).

He said: "He's come down to a mark of 55 and should be fairly competitive off that. I've dropped him in trip and put the blinkers on to help."

Murphy, who has also set up a racing club with three horses, has plenty to look forward to this winter.

He picked out two who will be campaigned in bumpers and novice hurdles later this season.

"Rio Quinto, who cost £130,000 at Cheltenham last month, has some very good pointing form," he said.

"Mon Port has come from Ben De Haan's having won his bumper by 55 lengths at Warwick in May. He's very exciting. I'm looking forward to getting going now."

I've put the same gallop in as Gordon has and using the same training methods

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