It turns out that a week of freezing temperatures at home meant I hardly missed any racing during a short winter break in Antigua.
The horses look in great shape and now that they have all had their mid winter flu vaccinations I can’t wait to see them kick on by trying to maintain our pleasing strike rate for the rest of the season.
They will be doing plenty of schooling and hard work this week as we start tuning them up for the challenges ahead.
With the weather set to improve we should be busy at the weekend with plenty of entries at Doncaster and Cheltenham.
The plan is for Dixon Cove to run in the £40,000 Sky Bet Fillies Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster on Friday.
I will have a number of entries at Cheltenham on Saturday with Frodon on course for the Cotswold Chase, which he won in 2019, while Il Ridoto is a likely runner in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase. On the same card the impressive Taunton winner Afadil is a possible in the Juvenile Hurdle.
In addition I’m switching Gelino Bello back to hurdles in the Cleeve Hurdle, and am aiming Henri The Second at the Ballymore Novice Hurdle although Stayaway Fay will have an entry in that race and the River Don at Doncaster.
Also at Doncaster Simply The Betts is under consideration for the £100,000 Sky Bet Handicap Chase.
For the latest news on my Saturday runners please do check out my Betfair column which goes live early on Friday afternoon.