And the jumps season moves up a gear at Chepstow on Friday

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October 10

We are losing meetings this week through waterlogging and fields at other tracks are decimated because of quick ground – the world is going crazy!

However, sanity is restored tomorrow when the jumps season proper finally gets airborne, courtesy of an excellent meeting at Chepstow, where we have four runners.

Harambe, who beat all but the smart Getaway Trump in the novices championship hurdle final at Sandown on the last day of the season, reappears in the Grade 2 Persian War Hurdle.

He was twice previously a winner, scoring at Kempton and then defying his penalty at Market Rasen, so he could be an exciting horse for us this winter.

We run two in the juvenile handicap hurdle, Our Power and Praeceps, and bookmakers reckon there may not be much between them. The track should certainly suit both horses.

Finally, Outofpatrol, an Irish point-to-point winner who was too keen in a slow-run bumper at Uttoxeter on his first run for us in March, goes for the mares bumper.

And, besides our triple attack on the Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday, let us not forget Tritonic, who runs in the Zetland Stakes at HQ.

Alan has always liked Tritonic, but he admitted he was “shocked and stunned” when the colt sprang a surprise in the Haynes, Hanson and Clark Stakes at Newbury, beating some well-regarded youngsters in the process. He’s a interested runner, and the longer trip should suit him.