A double at Ascot on Sunday took our score for the season to 126 at a strike rate of 23%.
Positive tactics by Hardy Cobden paid off in the maiden hurdle on Chavez, a nice prospect who will most likely be jumping fences next season. His jumping was fluent and he was still galloping strongly at the end of almost two and a half miles.
Danny Kirwan’s jumping was very good, too, on his way to a comfortable success in the Class 3 Soil Science Handicap Chase.
We should be busy again later in the week with runners on Friday and Saturday at Newbury and Ayr although I’ll be monitoring weather forecasts before firming up plans. There is some rain due at Newbury in midweek but Ayr is looking pretty dry.
If conditions are suitable I am considering sending Enrilo to run in the Scottish Grand National.
Before then my daughter Olive makes her debut under rules on Get The Appeal in the handicap hurdle for amateur jockeys at Wincanton on Wednesday. She is very keen, is learning all the time and rode her fourth Point-to-Point winner on Sunday.
For all the up to date news on my Saturday runners please be sure to check out my Betfair column which goes live late on Friday afternoon.