EVEN before we head off to Leicester today, we are enjoying a terrific run, with four winners and seven places since last Friday, so let’s hope things continue in the same vein, both on the Oadby course and also at Taunton and Warwick tomorrow.

Prize money is excellent at Taunton, where the £5,000 bumper is the smallest purse of the day, and Alan takes two down the M5 to Somerset, Elkstone and McCabe Creek.

Alan said:”Elkstone is having his first run back, having last been seen when running a super race to finish third at Kempton in March. He is still only a four-year-old and still improving, so, hopefully, he’ll be competitive in the two-mile handicap hurdle.

“McCabe Creek runs in the two miles and three down there. He ran well until a mistake two out put paid to his chance at Warwick last time and dropping back in trip won’t be a problem.

Minella Charmer makes his jumping debut for us in the maiden hurdle at Warwick. He was third in a bumper in Ireland, but he was very free that day and settled much better when I ran him in another bumper at Taunton recently. That will have brought him on and he is ready to start his new career, and I don’t think the heavy ground there will bother him. Many of the progeny of his sire, King’s Theatre, enjoy a bit of cut.”