Sunday November 20

In football we are always hearing about the top teams “sometimes needing to win ugly”, and it’s the same in racing. We all like to celebrate spectacular successes, but getting the job done is the first priority and, having seen Yanworth tough it out at Ascot on Saturday, we look ahead with optimism to Kempton tomorrow, where we have three runners.

Casting his eyes over the trio heading up the M3, Alan said:”Zipple Back (EBF Qualifier) and Miss Crick (Listed Mares Hurdle) both ran at Wetherby three weeks ago. Zipple Back, who showed promise in bumpers last season, made a pleasing jumping debut up there and will have benefited from the experience, while we are making hay with Miss Crick while the dry weather continues.

“Miss Crick is a mare who is more effective on good ground and when winter finally arrives she’ll be off on her break, but she did us proud through the summer and lost nothing in defeat when a close third at Wetherby. The winner has gone in again since, and it looked a decent race.

Midnight Cowboy is our other runner in the three-mile handicap hurdle. He finished in the frame in all five races during the first half of 2016 and deserves to get his head in front. He’s returning from his summer break and it will be good to get him rolling again.”