Our gallops reporter heads to Middleham to run the rule over Ferdy Murphy's string
Last Updated: 29/01/13 2:12pm
Poker De Sivola: Shaping well ahead of Grand National bid
Ferdy Murphy has kept his West Witton team on the go by anticipating when the snow was going to hit and when it did, utilising his superb indoor school.
HOLLO LADIES looks a horse to follow in the desperate conditions when turf racing resumes.
The former Irish-based gelding was the only one to truly handle the deep ground when overturning a Pipe hotpot at Ayr last week.
He has taken those exertions in his stride and looks set for a big run in the three-and-a-quarter-mile handicap hurdle at Catterick later in the week.
OCKEY DE NEULLIAC has a good record in selling hurdles and is another that caught the eye in his work and jumping towards the end of last week.
There is an opportunity for him should Catterick beat the weather on Friday.
DIVERS and DE BOITRON missed the Sky Bet Handicap Chase when that was sadly lost to the snow.
Both horses looked in good order when schooling under James Reveley indoors.
GOING WRONG is at the wrong end of the handicap and needs to get some respite before he can be considered a betting proposition.
But this is one of the nicest young horses in the yard and although well beaten last time, he is capable of a revival.
POKER DE SIVOLA continues to shape well and will be worth the wait when he resumes his attacks on long-distance handicap chases later in the year.
The John Smith's Grand National is his main objective but he is capable of being effective in all the big races like the Scottish equivalent and the bet365 Gold Cup, which he won two years ago.
BALDING BANKER handled the ground and jumped well in the main when second in a novices' handicap chase at Ayr last week.
He's come out of that well and can soon go one better.