Murphey Has Syphers Million Dollar Dreaming

TRAINER Allan Syphers has a couple of targets mapped out for his very smart sprinter Murphey, the first this Sunday's Super Series Final at Gunnedah.

David Brasch

10 August 2020

CURLEWIS trainer Allan Syphers has a couple of targets mapped out for his very smart sprinter Murphey.

The first is to win the Ladbrokes Super Series Final (431m) at Gunnedah next Sunday.

But, then Syphers wants to set the son of Fabregas and Fantastic Rose for the lucrative TAB Million Dollar Chase.

“Of course, the final next weekend is the target I am concentrating on for now,” said Allan.

“But I believe he has enough ability to be given his chance in the Million Dollar Chase – that’s the plan.”

Murphey has raced 17 times for eight wins and six placings and he won his heat of the Super Series at Gunnedah last Thursday by 12 lengths in a scorching 24.68.

“We have always had a huge opinion of him,” said Allan.

“But his early education did not go as we would have wanted and back in September last year, not long after he won at Wentworth Park when trained by Jason Fletcher, he just switched off for some reason.”

Syphers sent Murphey “back to school” and since resuming in May his form has read seven starts for four wins and two thirds.

“I’ve been purposely bringing him up in 340 metre races and prior to last week’s win he had been given a few 431 metre trials to get him back to the longer distances,” said Allan.

“After this final he will go back up to 500 metre races with the Million Dollar Chase series his target.

“He is a very strong dog.”

Allan, who trains out of a small acreage at Curlewis 15 kilometres east of Gunnedah, named his dog after a former schoolmate.

“He is named after Mark Murphey who was the schoolboy superstar in rugby league,” said Allan.

“Mark was easily the fastest runner in the team and was a try-scoring machine from the centres.

“I have not seen Mark for many years, but I remembered how fast he was when it came time to name this dog.”