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Oisin Murphy’s 20 horses for 2020: Part Two

9 May 2020

Oisin Murphy Veracious

Part Two of Oisin Murphy’s 20 horses for 2020. Here’s who Oisin is looking forward to riding when racing resumes.

Run Wild (3yo, John Gosden, Tweenhill Fillies & Merdian Int)

Run Wild has always been a little bit hot-headed, Maisy rides her at home and has done a super job at getting her to relax. She wears a hood at home but she won’t wear it at the races, it’s just to keep her calm. She did a little bit on the grass with Rab Havlin the other day and he was very happy with her. She’s not a quickener, she’s a galloper, but she looks a miler type as she needs to relax in her races. I felt she should’ve won the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster last September, James Doyle rode us to sleep on Powerful Breeze. But Run Wild has done very well physically, she’s very strong, very tall, she’s superior, physically, to most fillies and I’m quite excited about her.

Selino (4yo, James Fanshawe, Qatar Racing)

He absolutely bolted up at Wolverhampton in October by 10 lengths and was a private purchase for Qatar Racing. Sheikh Fahad wants another Melbourne Cup-type horse, he’s obviously won the Melbourne Cup before with Dunaden but that was in the Pearl Bloodstock colours. He looks like the perfect horse to do well and develop into a Cup horse, James Fanshawe’s a fantastic trainer and does well with any type of horse, but he does particularly well with these late-maturing types. I haven’t been in to sit on him, I possibly will do soon, but I’m really pleased we purchased him and I hope he’s going to go on and do very well.

Starcat (3yo, Hughie Morrison, Martin Hughes & Michael Kerr-Dineen)

He’s by Lope De Vega and I rode him in work a bit last year. Unfortunately for me he broke his maiden at Kempton when I was in Japan, but he’s owned by very nice people who have been big supporters of mine since I was an apprentice and I reckon he’s a proper horse. He bolted up in a mile maiden and there was a bit of a gamble on him that day, I think all the lads in the yard knew he was pretty good. He’s very solid, a mile and a quarter type and he’s another one that could be lining up in some decent races. He’s well named, Starcat, as he is a star, a beast of a horse, very strong, loads of bone, you couldn’t miss him walking around the paddock. Watch out for him.

Telecaster (4yo, Hughie Morrison, Castle Down Racing)

Telecaster is training well. Hughie Morrison has been really pleased with him. I’m itching to go and sit on him but obviously with the lockdown I haven’t been able to go there and ride him yet. I’m not sure what route Hughie wants to go down with him, it’ll obviously depend on the race programme. I would say it would be unlike Hughie to put him straight in a Group One, he’ll want to get a confidence-building run into him and let him enjoy a race first. But you look back at that Dante win and the field he beat, it was a Group One in everything but name. He’s beaten the best three-year-olds in training and he did it well. For me, he didn’t stay in the Derby. He cantered round, but also he was quite immature as a three-year-old, he only got going at the end of March, so it possibly came too soon. There’s only one Derby so you have to go for it and he was training very well in the build-up to Epsom, but it just didn’t work out. Hopefully he can bounce back this year.

The Tin Man (8yo, James Fanshawe, Fred Archer Racing – Ormonde)

He’s such a star. I believe he should’ve won the Haydock Sprint Cup last year. James had him in brilliant order, he just stumbled coming out of the gate and that was the difference between winning and losing. He’s a brilliant old horse and I’m actually very confident, even though he’s eight now, that he can still compete again at the highest level. I’d love for him to win another Group One, he deserves it, and James does such a good job managing these older sprinters. It wouldn’t surprise me if he were able to come out and win at the top level again this year.

Threat (3yo, Richard Hannon, Cheveley Park)

He’s a very hardy son of Footstepsinthesand who I won the Gimcrack on last year. He’s quite tough, he’s boss to ride, he stands tall in the stalls and he’s very professional. I’d say he’s not the flashiest, he wouldn’t win anything by 10 lengths, but he’s always worked like a good horse. I think Richard Hannon is keen to go a mile with him and that would make sense with future stallion prospects in mind. If he could win a mile Group One on top of what he achieved as a juvenile that would be huge. Because he’s so easy to ride he’s got a chance of staying, he’s got a fantastic temperament and he’s a high-class horse. I saw him a few weeks ago, I didn’t ride him, but he looks very well.

Under The Stars (3yo, James Tate, Saeed Manana)

She’s a very tough, hardy, filly. Bruce Raymond and Phillip Robinson, who run Rabbah Bloodstock, have been very kind to me since I was an apprentice, and they got me on this filly. I won the big sales race on her at Newmarket and James has done a super job with her. I think the plan is for her to go for a Classic trial.

Veracious (5yo, Sir Michael Stoute, Cheveley Park)

Obviously Ryan Moore will get first shout on Veracious, but I won a Group One on her last season and would love to ride her again this year. Winning the Falmouth Stakes on her was one of the biggest moments of my career. I dreamt of riding for Sir Michael Stoute and it’s a measure of the man that he put me back on her after I failed to carry out my only instruction at Ascot which was to get her to relax. He put me back on her and he’s a star man. I hear she’s training well and I’d love to ride her again at some stage.

Via De Vega (3yo, Andrew Balding, PDR Properties)

I absolutely love this horse. I won on him at Sandown first time out and he did really well to win, he came from a long way back and was very green. He disappointed in a Group One in France in the back end but I didn’t ride him that day and I suspect he just wasn’t 100 per cent. Sometimes they come back in and seem absolutely fine, but it transpires they didn’t travel super or something like that. I worked him on the grass before that Group One and I loved him, I haven’t sat on him much this year but I’m a huge fan of the horse and I genuinely feel he can compete at the very highest level. He’s a proper horse.