Dino Velvet and Alex Thorne fly the flag at Worcester tonight

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July 15

There has been a steady stream of the arrival of a team of the stable’s jumpers back at Barbury from their summer holiday, but fear not we are still very much involved out on the track, with Uttoxeter winner Dino Velvet shouldering a welter burden at Worcester today and two of the Flat squad in action at Newmarket and Newbury tomorrow.

Newcomer Forward Flight, a Declaration of War two-year-old and home bred by James Wigan, makes his debut at Newbury in the afternoon, with Dickens trying to supplement last month’s Nottingham gains up at Headquarters in the evening.

The slow pace did not suit Dickens at Colwick Park, causing him to pull early on, but, though finishing second, he was awarded the race in the stewards room. He looked really settled when galloping behind two stablemates at exercise on Tuesday morning and off a 3lb marker he looks a serious player.

Again it is just the two runners on Saturday, both at Market Rasen. Dal Horrisgle, a useful performer on the level, did not set too many rivers alight in his first two runs over jumps, but he looked a revelation at Uttoxeter last time, winning 34 lengths and he is long odds-on to beat only two rivals.

Talkischeap, the 2019 bet365 Gold Cup winner, wears a visor instead of cheekpieces in the Summer Plate, so if he can reproduce his Perth Gold Cup second from early June he could outrun his odds.

Alan is deliberating between the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and the Gimcrack at York for his smart two-year-old Asymmetric.

“Asymmetric has such a brilliant temperament and ran a super race to finish second in the G2 July Stakes at Newmarket,” said Alan, who tells me the colt took an 18lb hike, making him the highest-rated of any two-year-old of ours to date.