By Gallops Reporter. Last Updated: 01/12/12 10:31am
Ferdy Murphy: Delighted with Brandon Thomas
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Ferdy Murphy sent a posse of his horses up the steep Eurotrack all-weather at West Witton.
THE HOLLINWELL is every inch a chaser and will pursue that route again this winter, but Murphy's ploy of running the gigantic gelding in 'jumpers bumpers' will again be put to the test tomorrow.
Winner of a race of that nature at Southwell two years ago and again in February this yea, The Hollinwell will venture to Kempton tomorrow and he looked bright and breezy in his winding-up spin for the race.
BRANDON THOMAS delighted Murphy with a solid run in a beginners' chase and will be looking to go one better than that second placing in a similar contest at Catterick next week.
He also strode out well as he traversed the gallop a couple of times.
SECRET DESERT seemed below par in horrible ground at Hexham last time, but this gelding had won well on his previous outing and after a pleasing breeze on Friday should go well at Leicester tomorrow.
OR D'OUDAIRIES has also shown himself to be in good order in his work and schooling and is earmarked for a possible run in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase at Catterick.
DUNLOUGH BAY looks a bright prospect for Paul Webber and showed his current well-being with a pleasing spin on the trainer's rubber all-weather strip.
He landed what looked a competitive contest at Lingfield and should be hard to beat under a penalty at Leicester.
DEFINITELY GLAD is lightly-raced and open to improvement, and worked nicely ahead of the mares' bumper at Kempton.
She troubled the judge on her debut and seems to have gone forward from that promising effort.