Amy Murphy Blog

Amy reflects on winners under both codes after another productive week for the Grade 1-winning team at Southgate Stables.

Amy Murphy

Absolutely no question, the sun is shining and it’s been a good few days!

Three weeks on from Kalashnikov and Aintree the jumps season may be drawing to a close, but not before one of our other stable stars, Mercian Prince, grabbed his share of the limelight, landing a big pot in the shape of the Sussex Champion Chase at Plumpton on Monday.

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I always enjoy going to Plumpton, but especially so when we get a bit of luck and Prince jumps as well as he can and did on this occasion. The plan was to make all in the first-time cheekpieces, and happily it worked out on this occasion, never being headed and fending off a quality horse in the shape of Romain De Senam to score by three lengths.

Prince is some athlete and is such a good looking horse in full flight. I think these three pictures from the day tell the story perfectly:

Sticking with the jumping theme momentarily, there has also been action away from the track, as we’ve been busy on the schooling grounds at home in Newmarket.

I hope you will enjoy seeing three of our summer jumping team being put through their paces in preparation for runs in the coming weeks and months.

This slow-motion clip shows Lazarus, Really Super and Pumblechook having a pop (in that order) over the practice obstacles at home:

Elsewhere, the Flat horses have been doing their bit, two of which I’d like to use my blog to highlight.

One of my most loyal and long-standing groups of owners are the White Diamond Racing Partnership, who not only have Really Super from the clip above to enjoy over the sticks, but have also been getting some great sport from their Flat filly, Blessed To Empress.

We ran her at Brighton on Saturday evening, resulting in a rock-solid second, meaning she’s now won three and been placed five times.

This was the scene in the winner’s enclosure afterwards, as you can see she wasn’t short on supporters, with syndicate members arriving from all sorts of exotic locations to cheer her on. Excellent stuff!

Lastly, another seaside location in the shape of Yarmouth turned out to be a lucky one for us on Tuesday, as Take It Down Under won a mile handicap in the hands of Silvestre De Sousa.

This was only his third run for us, but the step up in trip, first-time tongue tie, quicker ground and more aggressive tactics did the job. I don’t suppose he beat much and I hope the handicapper will be lenient.

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