Thursday February 9

Wednesday was a magical day at Ludlow – three winners and a short head second – and, summing up his thoughts on his treble, Alan said:”Super – Label des Obeaux has had some tough races so will benefit from that easy victory and could be aimed at the four-mile NH Chase at Cheltenham, Tara View hated that soft ground but we needed to get that third run into her before the EBF Final at Newbury and, like Master Blueyes, who gained an overdue success and could skip the Festival and wait for the Grade 1 Anniversary Hurdle at Cheltenham, she will be even more effective on better ground.”

Fingers crossed for more celebrations at Huntingdon today (see below), but we also have a couple going to Kempton on Friday, which will be a tasty hors d’oeuvre for our big local meeting at Newbury on Saturday.

Assessing their chances, Alan added:”Thomas Shelby should get better ground in the novice hurdle there than he encountered at Towcester last time. He got stuck in the mud and he’ll probably be vulnerable if there is a decent novice in here, but he’ll be qualified for handicaps after this which will open up a lot more options.

Bulfin Island ran well for a long way on his comeback at Plumpton and Kevin Dowling keeps the mount as he is one for the lads to ride, but he might need another run to put him straight.”