Tuesday 29 March

Several eagle-eyed racegoers at Wolverhampton yesterday took the presence of Alan at Dunstall Park for a mundane Monday all-weather meeting as a tip in itself – and they were rewarded when that grand old-stager Grumeti won the two-mile handicap for the Barbury yard at 5-1.

Alan, delighted to see Grumeti bounce back to form, the horse clocking up his first success since he won the Cesarewitch at Newmarket 18 months ago, said:”He is such a special horse, and, though he won twice for Michael Bell before he joined us, this was his ninth victory since we bought him for the McNeill family, four over hurdles, including a Grade 1 in his novice season, two over fences and another two turf wins on the Flat, plus this first all-weather success.

“Grumeti has had a good break and I didn’t have him finely tuned up yet as we are looking at the turf campaign, so hopefully he might improve a bit for his next race, which is likely to be at Newbury’s Greenham meeting.”