Friday July 8

Course form is a huge advantage around Chester, so we will head off up the M6 tomorrow in optimistic mood as we look to Master Blueyes to complete a double on the Roodee in the £25,000 staying handicap, in which he has topweight.

Alan said:”It’s a big plus that Master Blueyes has already winning form on the track, but he has done us proud – he previously won at York – and there was nothing wrong with his third at Salisbury last time either. He goes up in trip, but we don’t think that will be a problem and fingers crossed he will again be competitive.”

Our other three runners over the week-end are at Stratford on Sunday, and Alan said:”Invocation has his first run over jumps in the juvenile hurdle. He had some useful placed form in maidens on the all-weather and is ready to switch codes, while Avispa, having won a mares novice hurdle at Southwell and finished second in another one at Newton Abbot, takes on the boys in their penultimate race. She ought to love the track and the fast ground. We also run Lady Persephone in the second leg of the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle, and, while she did not fire at Market Rasen last time, her early victory at Wincanton would give her a sound chance here.”

  •  Ascot is fast proving a happy hunting ground for Alan. Successful in The Ladbroke with Raya Star and also capturing a big handicap hurdle with Winner Massagot, he celebrated that never-to-be-forgotten first ‘Royal’ winner last month, courtesy of Primitivo, and yesterday we were again in the money at The Queen’s track with top-of-the-ground specialist Oceane in the valuable staying handicap. Long may the sun keep shining on Barbury.