Olly Murphy’s charge Brewin’Upastorm will head straight to the Cheltenham Festival after emerging unscathed from his final-flight fall at Prestbury Park on Saturday when on the face of it still in with a massive chance of winning.
This clearly progressive horse was an eye-catcher on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon in December, before finishing fourth behind the highly touted JP McManus owned “Champ” in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury later in the month. That form appears to be rock-solid.
He was a warm order favourite to bounce back to winning ways in a trial for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham over the weekend and was upsides eventual winner Birchdale when he crashed out at the last obstacle. It was unbearable viewing for his backers however since then Murphy has put out a optimistic statement maintaining “Brewin’Upastorm is none the worse” and he was encouraged enough by the Milan gelding’s performance prior to coming to anguish.
“He’s absolutely fine. He came home sound as a pound, and there’s not a bother on him,” said the Warwickshire-based trainer. “It was disappointing, clearly, but that’s jumps racing for you. We’ll just move on and look forward to March. “He’s not a bad jumper, and I don’t think he’s the kind of horse that would have his confidence knocked by a fall.
“He’ll more than likely go for the Ballymore. He’ll be entered in a couple of handicaps – but the Ballymore is more than likely the plan”.
Brewin’Upastorm backers will be optimistic in recouping their losses at the upcoming Cheltenham festival, this horse appears to hold solid winning credentials, Murphy is the sort of trainer that knows how to eke more improvement out on the big occasions.