Brewin'upastorm Set To Skip Cheltenham Festival In Favour Of Aintree


The Olly Murphy trainer Brewin'upastorm was a superb winner of the £100,000 hurdle event at Lingfield on Sunday and the handler has now announced he will be freshened up and head straight to Aintree for the Grand National meeting, side stepping the Cheltenham festival.

Brewin’upastorm has always been a horse that has promised so much for the Olly Murphy team, a Grade Two winner at Fontwell last term over hurdles, he was always expected to make a top chaser, but lacked the enthusiasm for running over larger obstacles that he did when running over hurdles.

His record sits at a fantastic five winners in just11 runs over hurdles, including a very nice nine length romp at Aintree to start this season, beating some nice staying hurdle types in the process.

Since going back over hurdles he looks better than ever, and this saw him head to Cheltenham for the Grade Two Relkeel Hurdle where he looked to have a huge chance but unfortunately fell at the last.

Last weekend he got back on track for the season when coming from off the pace to swallow up leaders Darver Star and Goshen to take the £100,000 event at Lingfield.

(Credit Racing Post) "I didn't enjoy watching that at all," stated Murphy.

"Darver Star had the run of the race and Goshen was going right. You always have to ride Brewin'upastorm with a little bit of room and Goshen was going everywhere we wanted to go and was a right inconvenience, but that's horseracing.

"He's a good horse and done me proud and it's nice he's turned up on the big day. Yes, there were only three runners but that's not our fault and well done to Lingfield for putting on fantastic prize-money. I'm over the moon."

Murphy then went on to discuss what would be next for his yardstick and admitted that skipping the Cheltenham festival and heading to Aintree instead was the likely plan, he added: "I'd imagine we'll probably freshen him up and go straight to Aintree."

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing