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Hoping for an egg-cellent Easter!

13 Apr 2017

Oisin Murphy

Happy Easter everyone and I, for one, am certainly looking forward to the weekend ahead!

I’m off to the new fixture at Newcastle on Good Friday and can’t wait for the return of South Seas. I sat on him on Tuesday (and gave him a wash and pat – see the video below!); he looks great and I couldn’t be happier with how he felt. The race looks pretty competitive, as you would expect for the prize money on offer, but it’s all systems go and a bonus that he’s so flexible regards tactics. He is the horse to beat on last year’s form and his recent work.

Ballynanty also seems in good order for the staying handicap earlier on the card and fingers crossed he goes well as he will have come on fitness-wise from his last start.

Over at Lingfield the card looks great for All-Weather Finals Day. It was a taking performance when I rode Dubai One to bring up a hat-trick two weeks ago and she will go really close in the three-year-old race. I also can’t see Ennaadd being beaten in the mile contest.

On Saturday I head up to Musselburgh for four rides and think that Desert Law has come back to a winnable mark, so wouldn’t be surprised if he’s been freshened up and goes well. Montaly is doing everything right at home and I think that the track will suit. He loves the hurly burly of a big-field handicap, though admittedly doesn’t have the best record first time out.

War of Succession worked really nicely on Tuesday morning and we’ve been very happy with him. He should be hard to beat on the form of his three runs last summer.

I ride three at Southwell on Sunday and think that they will all go well, especially Magic Path in the maiden. I have been lucky to have had four winners in the past three days and can hopefully add to that score-sheet on Easter Day!

Looking ahead to next week and I’m buzzing ahead of Newmarket’s Craven meeting. Everything is starting to crank up a gear now and we will hopefully see some genuine Classic contenders in action. Marine One goes in Tuesday’s Wood Ditton, which is a race that tends to throw up a nice horse. He looks an absolute beauty, goes quite nicely at home and I know that his trainer (David Simcock) thinks a lot of him.

Rich Legacy has come to herself recently and will run in the Feilden Stakes. I have a real affinity with her and am looking forward to sitting back on her at the races,

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She’s done really well over the winter and I sat on her recently on the grass. It certainly feels like she should make her presence felt in black-type races and the Pretty Polly is an early-season target.