Held up, headway 6th, hampered on inner and lost ground bend after 8th, soon driven, rallied two-out, led just after last, stayed on… 11/1

Those who have been paying attention to the world of Rapid Retail would know that last year we embarked upon the sponsorship of a prestigious racehorse named ‘Perfect Man’. With an experienced trainer in Olly Murphy, who has bagged a huge 159 wins and 196 places out of 867 races, the Rapid Retail team were confident it wouldn’t take long to see a gold run.

Irish-born jockey Aidan Coleman sat atop the rapid racehorse as he captured his 489th 1st place over his 11-year career. First appearing in the 2008 Grand National at the age of 19, he became one of the youngest riders to ever start in the Grand National. A year later in April 2009, Aidan won the Conditional Championship making him the leading Conditional jockey in the UK for the 2008/09 season.

As an ambassador for Racing UK, Aiden posted his weekly blog to their site, briefly noting his relationship with Olly Murphy in 2018:

“Olly Murphy is another trainer who I am delighted to be associated with, and it’s amazing to think he trained his first winner only last year. My family and his have ties back home in Cork. Olly’s father, Aiden, is a well-known bloodstock agent, and is a cousin of trainer John Murphy, who supported me so much when I started out back in Ireland.”

From an early age, Olly’s future lay in the racing industry. Originally Olly’s ambitions were in the saddle. He attended Pony Club, hunted and led his Mum’s string, before riding in point-to-points and progressing to riding as an amateur under rules. He rode 30 winners before he inevitably outgrew his breeches!

Once Olly had decided he wanted to a train, he spent a year with Alan King. He then made the move to Ireland, joining Gordon Elliott as Assistant Trainer. Olly spent four seasons with Gordon, tasting success at the highest level. During Olly’s time, Gordon won several Grade 1’s, numerous Festival winners and was all topped off by Don Cossack winning the 2016 Gold Cup.

In 2017, the time came for Olly to take up the reins himself. Two years into his training career, Olly had trained 170 winners and won over £1.3 million in prize money. Not a bad start!

Olly has been training Perfect Man since August 2018. His triumphant debut took place at Market Rasen, taking home the gold on his first outing as trainer. Since then the team have remained strong, taking a few places over the course of the year and an additional win just the other day.