Hooray – we are back in business on the track

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February 12

Things have been as busy as ever at Barbury in the mornings, but, following six days inactivity on the racecourse because of the equine flu-crisis, like all trainers Alan breathed a sigh of relief when the BHA gave the go-ahead late last night for racing to resume on Wednesday.

It is a case of playing catch-up, and we have runners at three of the four meetings, two jumpers at Plumpton plus a couple on the Flat at Kempton and Southwell.

Alan said:”We have been itching to get Rainbow Dreamer back on the track. Having been off since finishing fourth at Royal Ascot 2017, he needed his two comeback runs, but he has gradually been returning to form, and, though this will be his first time on the all-weather, we are hoping for a good run.

Miss Crick was a pleasing second at Southwell at the turn of the year, and the winner has gone in again since, so, hopefully, she will again be competitive in the novice at Kempton.

Colditz Castle, who belied odds of 20-1 when finishing third at Wincanton, his first race for 11 months, is the type who will improve with experience, and I hope he’ll run well in the novice hurdle, while Good Man Pat, though a winner in the point-to-point field, ran really well to finish third on his chasing debut over the course last month.

“Good Man Pat has already won twice over hurdles, and that was a promising start over fences, especially as it was his first race for almost nine months, so, he, too, ought to improve.”