Olly Murphy hopes he has another horse like Thomas Darby for The Festival

Olly Murphy has unearthed plenty of talented young horses in his short career so far and he believes he might have found another in the shape of Nickolson.

The six-year-old has been restricted to just the one start over hurdles and may still come into contention for the Cheltenham Festival.

Owned by Tim Syder, the son of No Risk At All was quick enough to win a bumper in his first season and Murphy is hopeful he will stake his claim to run in this year's SkyBet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

The stable sent out Thomas Darby, the winner of Saturday's Matchbook Holloway's Handicap Hurdle at Ascot, to finish second last year.

He has been raised 7lb to a mark of 158 by the handicapper.

"I think the world of a horse called Nickolson," Murphy said.

"I've only managed to run him once this year, he bolted up in a maiden hurdle and I haven't had him healthy since.

"He will have another run and if he wins well the plan will be The Festival."

One of Murphy's other useful young horses, Here Comes McCoy, will not be going to Cheltenham this year.

The bumper performer is owned by Chris Haughey, the managing director of McCoy Contractors and the sponsor of Murphy's yard.

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