Just after two months since his last run it was very pleasing to see Duke Of Sonning put his best foot forward to win at Chepstow yesterday. Although he has run on faster ground before, it was during the time when the yard was not quite firing.

The better ground certainly helped but more importantly is the gradual improvement in the yard form and we hope this will continue into the coming autumn and winter months. Duke Of Sonning has plenty of schooling under his belt and jumps well, he may well have another run on the level before his hurdling debut.