Olly Murphy’s star five-year-old Itchy Feet set to bypass Welsh Champion Hurdle in favour of Kempton

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EXCITING hurdler Itchy Feet is poised to return at Kempton on Sunday. 

Olly Murphy’s five-year-old is one of eight entries for the Listed Matchbook VIP Hurdle at the track’s jumps opener.

 Itchy Feet (left) is likely to start off at Kempton on Sunday

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Itchy Feet (left) is likely to start off at Kempton on SundayCredit: Getty Images – Getty

He also holds an entry in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las on Saturday, but Murphy is reluctant to race his youngster on testing ground first time up.

Among the potential opposition this weekend is Silver Streak, Grand Sancy and Getaway Trump – though the latter pair have been earmarked for novice chase campaigns.

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle third Itchy Feet, who won a Listed novice hurdle at Kempton 12 months ago, was fourth at Aintree when last sighted and his trainer is anticipating another fruitful campaign.

Murphy told Sun Racing: “I’m leaning towards Kempton on Sunday at the moment, I don’t really want to start him off at Ffos Las if it’s going to be very soft.


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“He is in good form, he schooled nicely over hurdles this morning and he goes very well fresh so I’m looking forward to getting him going.

“He looks great, he has done very well for a break over the summer. He won over course and distance at Kempton this time last year.”

Despite his high-class hurdles form, Murphy isn’t ruling out a switch to fences this season, with his performance this weekend set to determine which route he takes.

Murphy continued: “He’d want to be winning this weekend or at least going very close if we were to stay jumping hurdles, otherwise we will be going chasing with him.”

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