Olly Murphy prepares Brewin’upastorm for Constitution Hill in the Coral Hurdle in Ascot on Nov. 19, after nodding and knocking rider Sean Bowen out of place at the first hurdle during his season arc in Aintree on Saturday.
A return to the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on January 1 remains the main winter goal for the Grade Two winner.
He fell in that match last year before making up for it in a worthwhile match at Lingfield that same month.
“It was a disaster at Aintree, but that’s how it goes sometimes,” Murphy said. “Sean was fine and the horse was fine and those are the two most important things.
“Normally he goes straight to Cheltenham for the Relkeel Hurdle on New Years Day, but before then I have to bump into him.
“So, I imagine he will have a participation in the two mile-three hurdle in Ascot that Constitution Hill is going for. Obviously Constitution Hill will be extremely hard to beat, but there is a good place prize money on offer And if he’s okay in the next few weeks, let’s give him his chance.”
Although Brewin’upastorm’s trip to Merseyside ended in disaster, Murphy left Aintree with a double to his name and enough to be excited about after the winning yacht debut of Doctor Ken.
Murphy said: “He’s a horse that could prove to be a good fighter, it was a nice starting point. He probably performed under the hurdles but he was bought to be a fighter and I thought he jumped really well .
“I don’t know exactly where he will go but there is a race for him at the Coral Gold Cup meeting in Newbury and he is one to look forward to.”
Thomas Darby is on course to defend his Coral Long Distance Hurdle crown at Newbury on November 25 after finishing second on his return in the West Yorkshire Hurdle.
Murphy’s nine-year-old was fourth in the Wetherby match before taking the win 12 months ago at Newbury and this time finishing second behind Dan Skelton’s Proschema in Yorkshire.
Murphy’s attack, however, conceded 6 pounds to the winner in a race that turned into a bit of a sprint and Warren Chase Stables handler is hoping a stronger race on better terms Thomas Darby can turn the form around.
“He’s going back to Newbury for the race he won last year, and he’s come out of his run at Wetherby well,” said Murphy.
“Obviously he got a penalty at Wetherby, which didn’t help, and Dan’s horse was a decisive winner on the day, but we look forward to beating them again on better terms.
“Maybe the race that turned into a sprint didn’t please Thomas Darby as much as Dan’s horse and hopefully he can go to Newbury with a chance to turn things around.”