January is usually a period for us where we go quietly with the horses, with a relatively small amount of runners, we use this time to freshen the string up as they prepare for the second half of the season. The yard continue to be in good form, and they are certainly in great condition at home, bucking and kicking and showing off their well being.

Araldur took his chance in the final of the veterans chase series at Sandown on Saturday, in what was an extremely valuable and competitive contest, he ran a lovely race in what was very testing conditions, and although he finished tired he seems none the worse for this experience. He’s been a fantastic servant to Mr Sewell and it is great that there are still opportunities for older horses to run for good money and to still enjoy life on the racecourse.

Precision Five was running off a career high mark of 85 at Chelmsford and again gave her owners a very good run for their money finishing a 2 length 4th, she has also been placed once over hurdles and was unlucky at Bangor when she unseated, a versatile mare who is better suited on good ground, there are still plenty of opportunities for her.

Minella Charmer braved the elements and heavy going at Plumpton to post a 15 length victory, jumping and travelling with ease, he seemed to handle the testing conditions well and it was great to see him get his head in front after a solid run at Warwick the last time. He’s a strong, well made horse who will continue to pay his way over hurdles and when the time is right he will be seen to good effect over a fence.

First Mohican lost nothing in defeat at Chelmsford finishing just 3 lengths behind the winner running over a trip that is shorter than ideal, and although his form can be inconsistent at times he seems well in himself at home and he is certainly a horse to keep an eye on when he has his preferred conditions.