We say farewell to the jumps and hello to the Flat

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Friday April 22

It would be nice to think that Wilde Blue Yonder would finish our season a high by winning the concluding handicap hurdle at Sandown’s final day tomorrow, but, having been off the track since finishing fourth behind Lac Fontana at the 2014 Aintree Grand National meeting, it is probably too much to ask. However, it will be great to have him back rolling.

Reflecting on the jumps season, Alan said:”We might not have had a Cheltenham Festival winner, but to land the Hennessy and the Paddy Power was marvellous and the five-timer we celebrated at the end of January was awesome.

“I always think that £1m in prize money is a good benchmark, so, having managed to reach that again, we have enjoyed a damned good season and the whole team at Barbury and Sharpridge deserve plenty of credit.

“It was always going to be tough with Uxizandre, Balder Succes, Valdez and Carraig Mor all missing, so, under the circumstances, I think we have done well and bar Balder we will hopefully have them all back next season.

“Let’s hope Grumeti, who will be happy returning to the Flat at Ripon tomorrow, will do himself justice. He gave us a magical day when winning last year’s Cesarewitch at Newmarket and that race is again the ultimate aim. Adam Beschizza, who rode him at HQ, is back on board tomorrow, so fingers crossed he runs well.”