Alan concedes that maybe it is too much to ask to expect a second Betfred Cesarewitch to fall our way, but we head to Newmarket on Saturday with two strings to our bow as we bid to repeat last year’s memorable celebration in the second leg of the famous Autumn Double.

Assessing our chances, Alan said: “We were pleased that Grumeti made the cut, and it would be fantastic if he could win it again for Max (McNeill) and his family. He has not really fired since, though he did run well on his return to the Flat at York in May, and we are hoping that seeing the Rowley Mile again might rekindle his flame. He has a decent draw and he certainly has the ability and he is also only a pound higher than last year, so who knows…

First Mohican runs for Henry (Ponsonby) and his team. He ran a smashing race to finish third at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting, and, though he can be unpredictable, he seems to be in a good place just now and he has really clicked for Hollie Doyle, who is a super young rider. She has not been out of the frame in three attempts on First Mohican, so, hopefully, she can keep that record in tact. They are drawn in the middle, and it could have been worse.”