WITH his father receiving rave reviews in Ireland, young reinsman Brent Murphy hopes some of the Irish positivity will make it’s way to Melton on the weekend.
Returning to the family’s homeland with his band, Old Melbourne Road, David Murphy and company have been a ‘smash hit’ on the pub circuit during the past month.
David’s absence presented Brent with the opportunity to drive Perfidious Sue during the Vicbred Super Series, with the mare engaged in Saturday night’s $100,000 Final.
The rank outsider at $151 with TAB Fixed Odds, the trotter will need all the ‘Irish luck’ she can muster according to Brent.
“She had a fairly cosy trip in the heat to finish fourth, but I was quite happy with her,” Brent said. “She did lose a bit of ground on the bend when she hung, but went well when she straightened up.
“It’s a huge task for her and she will will need quite a bit of that Irish luck.
“From what I have heard, Dad and the boys put on a good show and got some big reviews, so hopefully that Irish goodwill can make it’s way here for the big one.
“This will be my first Group One drive and it is great the owners are happy for me to drive her…I can’t be more thankful for that.”
With Perfidious Sue set to begin from barrier four, Brent will be searching for “a nice quite run” throughout the 2230-metre journey.
“She worked a treat this week and will head into it going as well as she can,” Brent said. “If I can get to the pegs quickly it’d be handy and give her a chance to run on in the home straight.”
Citing Revelstoke as the one to beat, Brent stated the irony of the name of another of his rivals hasn’t been lost on him.
Drawn to lead from the pole, Revelstoke is a $3.20 favourite.
“Revelstoke is certainly the one to beat,” Brent said. “She won last season’s Final and she’s certainly ready to do it again.
“It’s ironic having Bitta Irish Luck, which is also an outsider, in the race, given that’s what we both need.”