Wednesday April 13

We are back at Cheltenham tomorrow with a couple of runners and before we look ahead to one of Alan’s favourite meetings, the Scottish Grand National fixture at Ayr, his “home course”, we divert our eyes to Newbury on Friday, where Grumeti, who gave us all a wonderful day when winning the Cesarewitch at 50-1 at Newmarket last October, returns to the Flat for a £25,000 handicap.

Looking firstly at Cheltenham, Alan said:”Katie Too goes for the opening Listed Mares Hurdle. The ground was very holding when she went for the hat-trick at Sandown in February, and, though we saw at Fontwell and Warwick that she can handle the soft, she came up against a real confirmed mudlark in Jessber’s Dream that day and could not quite reel her in. She’s a decent mare and we are hoping for another bold run.

“We also send Tara View there for the closing mares bumper. She had a stiff task first time out at Newbury, but the experience would have done her the world of good, and, hopefully, she’ll build on that.”

Looking ahead to Grumeti, Alan added:”We have decided to give up on hurdling