Monday April 11

We are in the last fortnight of the jumps season and, having netted another £1m plus in prize money, which is always his benchmark, Alan has no complaints about the winter just gone, but we could improve it sufficiently if we manage to get a slice of the cash at Ayr this week-end, while, meanwhile, we pop down the M5 to Exeter tomorrow for a couple of runners.

Alan said:”Clondaw Fonz steps up in trip for the opening novices’ hurdle. We always suspected that the two miles and five would be too sharp for him around Warwick last time, but, unfortunately, the three-mile hurdle I had in mind for him the previous week at Huntingdon had to be abandoned. This two miles and seven (furlongs) should suit him well.

“We also send Brod Na Heireann to Haldon for the following handicap hurdle over the same trip. He looked a bit one-paced over the two and a half at Wincanton but ran much better when stepping up to three and finishing third at Chepstow last time.

“Our other runner tomorrow is William Hunter on the Flat in the mile maiden on the fibresand at Southwell. He is a horse I like, and he is capable of better than he showed in a bumper at Doncaster in February.”

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