AMY MURPHY is a dual purpose trainer based at Southgate Stables on the Hamilton Road, Newmarket and I had a thoroughly enjoyable stable visit yesterday.
I was invited up to the stables by Steve Surridge, who runs Eclipse Sports Promotions and whose company has a syndicate horse in training with Amy, the six-times winner, 8yo Napping. Steve and I go back some 16 years when he first became involved in ownership courtesy of Pat Eddery Racing.
It was a cold start to the morning and the M11 was shrouded in fog for much of the way. After having a coffee at the yard on arrival, Amy drove Steve and I to the all-weather schooling grounds where some of her jumpers including Cheltenham runner, Really Super and the once-raced Kalmoor, a three-parts brother to Grade 1 winner, Kalashnikov, were put through their paces.
After more coffee at the yard and a look around the training facilities which include 50 refurbished stables, a large private indoor covered ride, two sheltered horse walkers and 16 turn-out paddocks, we walked out of the yard onto Racecourse Side where we saw some two-year-olds cantering on the all-weather. They included a nice 2yo colt by Twilight Son x Ring Of Love who was watched eagle-eyed by broadcaster, Derek Thomson, who was on hand as Racing Manager for the owner.
Everyone at Southgate Stables was very welcoming throughout the morning and the yard had a happy feel to it. The only downside was that Steve and I were unable to find a hostelry open in Newmarket for lunch. So, it was back to Berkhamsted, where we discussed our great morning over a fine lunch outdoors at the appropriately named venue, The White Horse.
Amy Murphy is a trainer going places and we’ll all be hearing more of her in future. In fact, you can hear more sooner than you might think as Amy is a special guest on the next episode of the RSA sponsored podcast, “Inside The Rails,” which will be broadcast next week.