Friday November 18

It has been a frustrating time since Mia’s Storm won last Sunday, what with Yanworth tipping up at Exeter and 12 of the team either finishing second or third, but Alan, who puts the Haldon hiccup down to “just one of those things” and prefers to look ahead, hopes our string of near misses might change this week-end.

We have just the one runner tomorrow, Keep In Line at Wetherby, and Alan said:”He came from a fair way back to finish second there on his seasonal reappearance and ought to come on for that.”

Looking ahead to Sunday, Alan added:”We run both William H Bonney and Elgin in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham. This race has always been the early target for William H Bonney as we know he goes well fresh. He’s plenty fit enough, he won on the course last season and, though the weights have not gone up as I hoped they would, we have managed to snap up a very promising conditional in Mitch Bastyan, which will offset the fact that he is 4lb out of the handicap proper.

“We have had second thoughts about our recent Ascot winner Elgin, who was going to wait for the Ladbroke Hurdle but has come out of the race so well that we have decided to roll the dice again with him.”

We also have two runners in the juvenile hurdle at Fontwell. Fields of Fortune would have finished in the frame had he not unshipped his rider at the last at Warwick on his jumping debut but the plan is to ride him handier this time, while Lisp has joined us from Charlie Hills and is a half-brother to Coeur de Lion, so we are looking forward to getting him started. We’ve taken our time with him.”