Frodon come close to giving Team Ditcheat the perfect Xmas present at Ascot on Saturday at the end of a quiet week for the yard.

He travelled with great enthusiasm and jumped really well for Bryony Frost in the Silver Cup before easing into the lead at the second last fence. Though he couldn’t quite hold the strong challenge of Gold Present on the flat it was another fine run by Frodon who was well suited by the return to three miles. There is a good prize in him before the end of the season.

Earlier Adrien Du Pont was too free for his own good as he made the running at a scorching pace in the two mile, five furlongs Graduation Chase. His jumping was so fast and fluent that it looked for a while that he might have stolen a useful lead. But he was beginning to tread water on the final bend and had nothing more to offer when Coney Island caught and passed him at the second last fence. There will be other days for Adrien Du Pont in handicaps when he can get cover in bigger fields of runners and can be produced late to use his speed to effect at the finish.

My thanks to all our staff who will be working hard over the Christmas holiday to keep the show on the road.
They certainly enjoyed the staff party last Monday and all turned up to work on time the following morning.

After a brief quiet spell last week when we did not have any entries for four days we will be flat out again with runners at Kempton and Wincanton on Boxing Day and plenty more right up to New Year’s Day.
I am particularly looking forward to seeing Politologue run in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on Wednesday while Vicente and Silsol are on course for the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow the same afternoon.

For the latest news on all my runners on Boxing Day, Wednesday and next Saturday please turn to my Betfair column.