Wednesday January 6

Only Philip Hobbs and Nicky Henderson have sent out more winners than Alan in the last fortnight, and, while we hope we might still be in the “hot” list after this afternoon’s fare, Ollie has already pointed out that January is traditionally a quiet month for the stable with batteries being recharged after a busy Festive period.

However, Huntingdon is one of our luckiest courses, so fingers crossed that JP McManus’s newcomer Travertine can enhance our good record on the track when he makes his debut for us in the maiden hurdle.

Alan said:”Travertine is an interesting horse as he was a classy performer on the Flat in France, finishing third in a Group 3 at Deauville in August. We have not had him long, but he has been very straight-forward, and I am looking forward to seeing where we are with him.

“We also run two up there for Henry Ponsonby, Kings Bayonet, who would not want the ground to get any softer but ran well on the track last month and takes his chance in the handicap hurdle, and The Barbury Queen, who runs in the mares novices hurdle.”

Finally, we also run Cahill in the mile and a half handicap at Kempton. He has been running well on the all-weather and almost defied a 12lb hike in the weights at Wolverhampton last month, but he went up another 2lb for that so, being off a career-high mark, it makes sense to claim 7lb with Georgia Cox riding. Cahill is due to go the sales next month, so we’ll have to see how he gets on.”