Wednesday 16 January 2019

Murphy speechless after 1,228/1 four-timer

Trainer Olly Murphy
Trainer Olly Murphy

Olly Murphy was almost lost for words after Bisoubisou (3/1 favourite) completed a 1,228/1 four-timer for the Warwickshire trainer when he defeated stablemate Flow With Eve by half a length in the Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

Scarf-waving scenes associated with the Cheltenham Festival were witnessed from connections of Piri Massini (20/1) after he formed leg two of Murphy's haul in the three-mile novices' hurdle.

Hurricane Rita (7/2 joint-favourite) got the ball rolling for Murphy - whose former boss Gordon Elliott landed a 545-1 four-timer in Thurles on Sunday - when he initiated a brace for Richard Johnson in the Fakenham Junior School Handicap Hurdle.

The same partnership teamed up again with Wood Pigeon (9/4 joint-favourite) in the handicap chase.

Meanwhile, Phil Middleton left Fakenham yesterday considerably richer after the victory of Holly Bush Henry in the feature race saw him scoop winning bets upwards of £50,000 (€57,000).

Having arrived by helicopter, the Aylesbury handler could become accustomed to such luxury after the 5/2 favourite's half-length victory in the Wendling Handicap Chase under jockey-of-the-moment James Bowen.

He said: "I had a £100 each-way Yankee. I had Jenkins, Drumcliff, Acting Lass and a non-runner in the last (Santini).

"Then I had a £200 each-way accumulator with those three and Holly Bush Henry."

Irish Independent

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