Smad Place has been responsible for giving Alan a few emotional days, and the boss might be wise to keep a spare pack of tissues in his pocket when he heads to Ascot tomorrow to watch our popular grey stalwart run in the £70,000 Grade 2 Christy 1965 Chase.

Alan said:”He’s won us a Hennessy, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better round of jumping from him than that he produced at Aintree when he landed the Roan Chase on his reappearance.

“We’ve decided to run here rather than humping a big weight back at Newbury next week, and we know he likes Ascot and is effective around this trip. He’s in good order and we are looking forward to it.”

We have four other runners tomorrow, and Alan added:”Perfect Harmony would have a chance in the Ascot opener. He is a fine, big horse who won a bumper at Newbury last season and was a promising fourth on his hurdling debut at Aintree four weeks ago. He could have done with a stronger gallop that day and just got a bit tired at the end, but he’ll come on for that and will also appreciate this step up in trip.

Stockburn runs in the bumper there. He is far from the finished article and was clueless for much of the race at Worcester, but he did start to get the hang of things up the straight and he has just been slow to come to himself mentally. This will do him good before he goes hurdling.

“We also have runners in the first two races at Huntingdon. Mahlermade ran a very pleasing first race over hurdles at Chepstow, and he schooled well on Monday, so, hopefully, he’ll be competitive in the opener, while if the ground continues to improve it would enhance the prospects of Miss Crick in the mares novice chase. She was third on her first run over fences at Fontwell but is high enough in the handicap so we are trying her in novice company.”