AGENT MURPHY was purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the 2018 National Yearling Sale. This colt is sired by What A Winter, out of the dam Al Bella (Al Mufti), and was bred by Ascot Stud.

Sex: Bay Colt
Foaled: 03/11/2016
Sire: What A Winter
Mare: Al Bella (Al Mufti)
Breeder: Ascot Stud
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Purchased: National Yearling Sale, April 2018
Pedigree: View here

Another exciting young yearling off the National Yearling Sale, by What a Winter. He is one of the more laid back horses I have seen.

He is impeccably bred, from the same family that produced Captain Al, Shadow Dancing and Battlestar Express.

He is currently being broken in and we are excited to see him develop into a quality young colt.


Updates – Agent Murphy

July 15th, 2019
Disappointing effort in the Gatecrasher (Listed) in his last start. However, he had absolutely no luck in running and the 1400m was a furlong too far for him at this stage. He has just been gelded and will have a short rest, before coming into full training for a spring campaign.

June 6th, 2019.
Agent Murphy makes his return, this Saturday 8th June 2019. He was our first 2 year old winner this season, back in mid-January and since then he has had quite an interrupted prep. As far as soundness is concerned, he has no issues but he has suffered from a few illnesses. The latest set back is a recurring bought of Urticaria. He seems to be over that now and just 10 days ago he put up a rather encouraging grass gallop. He comes into this Listed event against some smart individuals and he will need to overcome that wide draw to have any chance. Gavin Lerena is more than capable, but he will most certainly need a bit of luck finding a good early position. He should have a nice place chance. See the final field below:

Race-4 (Turf) – 1400m – 13:20 
For 2 year-olds
Stake: R150 000
No Apprentice Allowance
1 1 Ehsaan 60 0 A R Simons Mike de Kock
2 12 Agent Murphy 58 0 A G Lerena Alyson Wright
3 3 Alramz 58 0 A A Marcus Mike de Kock
4 5 Bound By Duty 58 0 A S Moodley Michael Miller
5 7 Enjoy The View 58 0 A R Fourie Michael Roberts
6 8 Into The Future 58 0 A G Wright R A Hill/S R Hill
7 6 Kaydens Pride 58 0 A M Yeni Nathan Kotzen
8 11 Special Blend 58 0 A S Randolph Duncan Howells
9 10 Arizona Silk 56 0 T A *L J Ferraris Nathan Kotzen
10 13 Captain Demonami 56 0 A M Khan Lezeanne Forbes
11 9 Justfortheepenny 56 0 A S Veale Nathan Kotzen
12 4 Master Vision 56 0 BA L Hewitson Nathan Kotzen
13 2 Straight 56 0 BA *A Arries Michael Miller
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,3) (4,13) (7,9,11,12)

May 10th, 2019
After winning his maiden back in January, he has really come a long way. That maiden victory was in just his second start and he just went slightly backwards for a few weeks, immediately after that run. He has come back with real interest and there is no doubt that his next campaign should add a few more positive stats to his solid career record.

January 20th, 2019
AGENT MURPHY shed his maiden at Scottsville at the second time of asking. Ridden to victory by Anton Marcus. Watch the replay here:

December 30th, 2018
AGENT MURPHY made his track debut at Greyville on Sunday 30th December. He ran 2nd to the impressive Astrix, but we are confident he will turn out better in his next outing. Watch the replay here:

December 6th, 2018
AGENT MURPHY puts up a smart Barrier Trial on Friday. See the replay here.

December 3rd, 2018
AGENT MURPHY has been accepted to run in a barrier trial on Friday 7th December. He is quite a forward colt and we are looking forward to seeing him in the Hollywood Syndicate silks. More to follow later this week.

November 29th, 2018
AGENT MURPHY has been doing very well and we couldn’t be happier with his progress thus far. He is being aimed for a 1000m Juvenile Maiden plate on 30 December 2018, so if all goes to plan we should see him in a barrier trial in the next few weeks. The clip below is of his grass gallop this morning – he is on the grass, on the far side in the red sleeves and cap. 


October 4th, 2018
Update on AGENT MURPHY, our What a Winter colt from the National Yearling Sale. He went on the grass for the first time against one of our unraced 3 year olds (Painted Black). Agent Murphy is the one closest to us in the photo (apologies – not the best quality pic). What was encouraging was that it was the first time he has gone around a turn and he did it like a pro.

Agent Murphy cantering on the track with Painted Black

Alyson has been very pleased with his progression and the current expectations are that he is going to be set up for the second juvenile race over 1000m (the first race being over 800m) in Nov / Dec. The first pic attached is of him learning how to stand in the stalls for the first time. As you can see in the photo, he was rewarded with a handful of grass for good behaviour.

Agent Murphy - Colt by What A Winter

September 7th, 2018
He is a particularly exciting young colt, by What a Winter. Over the last 2 months he has really thrived since being broken in.

After not seeing him for a month, he was almost unrecognizable in that he has grown so much around his hind quarter and shoulder. A strong young colt, he is now in full work and we are lining him up for the first 1000m race for 2 year old colts later this year.

If all goes to plan he shouldn’t be a maiden for long.

Agent Murphy - sired by What A Winter. Owned by Hollywoodbets / The Hollywood Syndicate

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