Thursday October 5

You feel like the new jumping season is upon us when class hurdlers like Sceau Royal are down to make their seasonal debut, and the fact that this 154-rated hurdler now switches to fences for the first time makes Alan’s trip to Warwick today even more exciting.

Warwick is one of Alan’s favourite racecourses and the five-runner novice chase there looks the ideal starting point, and Daryl Jacob came down to Barbury recently and expressed himself happy with the way Sceau Royal shaped on the schooling grounds.

Sceau Royal was one of the slickest jumpers of hurdlers around, and if he is equally fast over his fences he could be quite exciting, but Alan is under no illusions that while he has plenty in hand over today’s four rivals on hurdles rating, this is a whole new ball game for him.

We also have JP McManus’s Herewego Herewego reappearing in the opening novice hurdle after a 551-day absence, so it will be good to get him rolling again, whle Sego Success carries topweight in the three-mile handicap chase.

Sego Success, who was last seen at Kempton in April when he crashed out three from home when still in front, won at Warwick in his novice days, and, though, like the other pair, he’ll improve for this comeback run, Alan is hoping for another bold effort.

We also have Mille Nautique running at Huntingdon today. He enjoyed a profitable summer and, though 5lb higher than when winning at Market Rasen two months ago, he has been in good form and Alan is just hoping that the East of the country misses the rain that Barbury has been getting this morning.