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Racing: Jumpers To Follow Plus Olly Murphy Chat

6 min

Our horse racing podcast team sat down with new Matchbook brand ambassador Olly Murphy for a look at some of his 2022/23 superstars…

Tom, Sam, Steve and Deas all asked Olly about a horse each from his yard before the lads went through their own jumpers to follow for the upcoming season.

Olly Murphy

The panel each asked Olly about a horse each. Tamar Bridge is a horse Deasy has been following for a while, Go Dante for Sam, Gunsight Ride was a popular horse in the comments and the one Tom wanted to know more about, while Steve was interested in the exciting Bumper winner Chasing Fire. Olly also gave an update on Copperless, last seen winning in 2021.

  • Tom – Gunsight Ridge
  • Sam – Go Dante
  • Steve – Chasing Fire
  • Deasy – Tamar Bridge

Once Olly departed, Tom gave our panel three categories for the upcoming jumps season – A Star Jumper, Novice Jumper and Dark Horse.

While many in the first category are already established superstars, there were some interesting choices down the line.

A Star

Some big hitters here with three of the four horses winning at the Cheltenham Festival. The odd one out is Bravemansgame, who was taken out on the morning of the Brown Advisory due to the ground, with Tom having an eye on him for the King George. Facile Vega for Sam, who expects this horse to dominate the novice hurdling division in 2022/23. Steve deserted Edwardstone before last year’s Arkle, but he’s back on the bandwagon now and thinks he’s overpriced currently for the Champion Chase. Deasy is with Constitution Hill but doesn’t see it as a foregone conclusion he wins next year’s Champion Hurdle.

  • Tom – Bravemansgame
  • Sam – Facile Vega
  • Steve – Edwardstone
  • Deasy – Constitution Hill

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Tom’s lay of the Cheltenham Festival last year was Gaelic Warrior, who ended up an unlucky second in the Boodles, despite never running in the UK or Ireland prior to that run. Willie Mullins’ post-race comments suggest he’ll be targetted at next year’s Ballymore given the fact he’s held on to his novice status. Minella Cocooner was second in last year’s Albert Bartlett for Willie Mullins, and Deasy is expecting a big season from him, maybe in the National Hunt Chase. Steve agrees but put up Poetic Music as an alternative. While Sam is with Knowsley Road for Paul Nicholls, who was an impressive winner at Chepstow last season.

  • Tom – Gaelic Warrior
  • Sam – Knowsley Road
  • Steve – Poetic Music
  • Deasy – Minella Cocooner

Dark Horse

Each of the panel was then asked to pick their dark horse for the season. Bar Farouk D’alene for Deasy, who was heavily backed in the Brown Advisory before falling two out, the rest of these horses would be close to unknown for many punters, given their lack of experience on the racetrack. Tom likes Between Waters for Nicky Henderson, Onewayortother for Steve Jones, who feels trainer Toby Lawes is underrated. Sam is putting Six Feet Apart in his notebook – trained by Joseph O’Brien.

  • Tom – Between Waters
  • Sam – Six Feet Apart
  • Steve – Onewayortother
  • Deasy – Farouk D’alene

Any Other Jumpers

  • Tom – Ash Tree Meadow / Vaucelet
  • Sam – Poetic Music / James’s Gate / Banbridge/ Couldtalkaboutit
  • Steve – Stattler / Collectors Item
  • Deasy – Saint Felicien / El Fabiolo / Galvin (Grand National)

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