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Michael and Leah Murphy get off to a good start for 2009/10

Michael and Leah Murphy get off to a good start for 2009/10

(Mention Me takes the 4yo maiden in Loughbrickland under Jamie Codd)

Last season Leah Gault Murphy and her husband Michael couldn’t believe their luck when they sent out ten runners to record 4 winners, a percentage strike rate of 40%. But in just week two of the new season they sent out their first two runners from their Duncormick, Co Wexford base and yes you guessed it, they both won, 100% record so far this season!

Of the five horses the Murphy’s had in training last year Ash High, ran 4 times, winning two and also finished second to the highly useful Vforvictory, Early Doors won on his one and only start, he was then sold to Gigginstown Stud and is currently in training with Phillip Rothwell and Redbridge Radar won his 4yo maiden following a couple of placed efforts.

At Loughbrickland last Saturday Leah produced the Anshan 4yo, Mention Me to record a two length victory over the Wilson Dennison owned Burnthill. The stunning nearly black gelding made most of the running under Jamie Codd. But it was the gelding’s ability to jump from fence to fence that really caught the eye, making lengths at every fence.

Mention Me had been bought privately by Michael as a part broken 3yo from Brian Jordan, a neighbour, who had bought the horse as a foal out of Tattersalls November sale. He is the first produce out of his Kings Ride sired dam.

Not only did he impress many of the punters at Loughbrickland he also impressed his jockey Codd who stated, “That was easy and I had plenty more in the tank”. According to Murphy “We are undecided what to do with him next, he may go to the Cheltenham sale if not sold privately but we would also not rule out a winners contest”.

The celebrations did not stop at one winner as they then sent out McCauley to take the six year old maiden by 1 ½ lengths, yet again under Jamie Codd. This flat bred son of Vettori was bought privately during the summer. He had been an unlucky horse for his previous connections having been very badly hampered and falling on his last start in Ballingarry he had slipped up on the bend after the first on the start before that, so he was due a bit of luck.

“The key to this horse seems to be the quick ground”, claimed Murphy who also stated that, “He may now go for a winners race before we put him on the market”.

McCauley is the sixth produce out of an unraced Selkirk sired mare. He is a half brother to 4 time points winner Murdinga. They are from the family of 7 time national hunt winner Siberian Mystic.

Leah and Michael have approximately 8 horses in work for this season so if things keep going the way they are they will be heading for another highly successful campaign.

 


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