In just under two seasons with a licence, Amy Murphy has made quite an impact
Amy Murphy, one of Britain’s youngest trainers, runs one of the few dual-purpose yards in Newmarket, the headquarters of British Flat racing.
She recently took another big career step by moving yards along the famous Hamilton Road Southgate Stables, owned by none other than former jockey Willie Carson.
The new yard has 58 refurbished stables, two sheltered horse walkers and access to a licenced swimming pool just metres from the yard. In addition, it’s in close proximity to the Jockey Club Estates gallops.
Amy is a big fan of training in Newmarket. She says: “We don’t want for anything here, the Jockey Club and the heath men do a fantastic job of maintaining all of the gallops, both grass and all-weather.
"There’s everything you could possible dream of for both Flat and Jumps horses here. They’re second to none.”
A Stable Star
Leading hope Kalashnikov, purchased as a foal from the Tattersalls Ireland Foal Sale, has pushed Southgate Stables firmly into the limelight, ever since he ran away with the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury back in February.
The son of Kalanisi then took the team to The Cheltenham Festival in March, and he was to run a heroic race to finish a close second behind Summerville Boy in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with regular rider Jack Quinlan in the saddle.
“Every trainer needs a horse to put them on the map and to have him here in only our second season of training is pretty phenomenal. it’s very exciting to find one as good as him so early on in our career.”
Murphy put him away after that and before the start of the current 2018/19 jump season, all talk was geared towards a novice chasing campaign with the Racing Post Arkle firmly in her sights as the end goal.
After a successful schooling period leading up to the race, Kalashnikov made his chase debut on the 9th November at Warwick and was given an easy enough introduction against just three rivals. Everything looked to go the way connections wanted and he jumped the last well-clear of his rivals sauntering to an 11-length opening success.
“He’s not bred to be a two-miler but he’s showing a gear that he probably isn’t bred to have which is great. If at any point he looks like he needs to step up in trip we’ll certainly be stepping up but for now we will stay at two miles and see how we go.”