With Market Rasen, Musselburgh and Sedgefield all abandoned so far this week, the cold snap that has accompanied the start of February shows no signs of stopping, with several meetings under threat in the coming days.

However, I was very pleased to be able to take 14 of our youngsters away yesterday for a racecourse gallop on the All-Weather at Kempton Park, with Richard Johnson, Michael Byrne and Dougie Costello (pictured right) amongst those riding.

With the ground so soft I have been reluctant to start off any of this year’s group of four year olds on the racecourse just yet, but they are a really good bunch and I am looking forward to getting them started on the track in the coming month.