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Autumn Update

Autumn Update

In between Books 1 and 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale we held our second owners’ day this one being our first at Southgate Stables. The event gave us the opportunity to showcase to both existing and potential owners the huge benefits of the facilities we have available to us here at our new base. In total we had around 150 visitors and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of my staff and family who helped to produce such a fantastic day. A big thanks also to those that were in attendance to help make it such a memorable day.

The day provided the ideal opportunity for us to show everyone Happy Odyssey, who had become our first Stakes winner on the Flat when taking the Listed Sacaraat Maisons-Laffitte, which was announced last week as to be shut down at the end of next year. The course will hold special memories for both myself and the fillies owners. 

About a week before the owners’ day, the daughter of Camacho, who we had acquired for £14,000 at the GoffsUK breeze-up sale in April, sold to YuLong Investments for €300,000 at the Arqana Arc Sale. She made one final start for the yard back at Maisons-Laffitte in a Group Three, where unfortunately she took a bad step at a vital stage. That run was the first time she had finished outside the first two in six previous starts. She has since left us and will continue her career in France with Nicolas Clement. 

The yearling sales season saw us come away with a nice mixture of both precocious two year olds and a couple of later maturing middle distance type horses. There are a couple that are still for sale. We have a Pour Moi filly, that is a half sister to Thaqaffa, she will need a bit of time, however saying that we have a lovely two-year-old by the same sire named Wolf Prince. He was forward enough to run twice this year, being runner-up in both events and is one we look forward to running next season. We also have a daughter of Dawn Approach, she has since received a major pedigree update, being a half-sister to Stay Classy, who was runner-up in the aforementioned Gr.3 Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte. 

At the horses in training sale we came away with Private Matter, who we bought from Richard Fahey. A Listed-winning sprinter as a two-year-old, unbelievably there are still shares available in him and if we can turn his form around, then he could be a proper Saturday horse. There are plenty of those valuable sprints up and down the country that he could be aimed at. If you are interested in becoming involved in racehorse ownership then do please get in contact.

Just this past week we have excitingly launched our new Amy Murphy Racing app. Developed with PrioritySMS. I think that this is a great innovation and it will have everything that the website has and more. As well as containing useful information for the general public, there is also an owners portal, where immediate access to gallop reports and videos and the like can be accessed. It is a simple way of making communication with owners that much better. Please follow the link before to download the app.

I have been very pleased with the way the horses have been running, even if I would have liked a couple of them to have won instead of finishing second or third. We will run Kalashnikov at Plumpton today and have been grateful that there has been some rain around the country. It has been a strange autumn and we were only able to get him onto the grass gallops a couple of times before his run and victory at Warwick last month. The Plumpton race, should he win it, gives us the chance of taking home a £60,000 bonus, should he win a race at the Cheltenham Festival. While that is three months ahead of us, if you’re not in it, then you cannot win it. I think this is a marvellous initiative from the course and they should be commended for this.


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