Our gallops reporter has been to Middleham to see Ferdy Murphy's string in action.
Last Updated: 14/12/12 3:39pm
Ferdy Murphy fires DIVERS and DE BOITRON at Doncaster on Saturday and the pair worked encouragingly on the trainer's steep Eurotrack gallop on Friday morning.
The pair were in need of their respective comeback races and have clearly improved for that.
They enjoyed a brisk 'row-up' over five furlongs and form the launch of a strong Yuletide attack, which expands into some of the smaller fixtures next week.
POKER DI SIVOLA found the testing ground against him in the Becher Chase at Aintree but thoroughly enjoyed himself and has come out of the race well.
James Reveley wasn't too hard on him on terrain that did not suit and that sympathetic handling can reap dividends.
Murphy will target Catterick next Tuesday, where THE HOLLINWELL is expected to contest a three-mile handicap chase, thereby missing his Sunday engagement at Carlisle.
The gigantic gelding benefited from a run in a jumpers' bumper at Kempton which is thought to have brought him on, and he moved well up the strip on Friday.
Another booked for a Catterick assignment is OR D'OUDAIRIES, who troubled the judge with a satisfactory run in a long-distance handicap chase last time.
Keep an eye out for SAN CASSIANO in a novice hurdle as this one has been firing out some encouraging signals.
MISTER WALL STREET put in a pleasing spin, a remark that also applies to SAMSON COLLONGES.
Murphy has acquired a very promising four-year-old from France named DE TOUS A MOI. He had solid form over there and is expected to surface over hurdles in the New Year.