We went to Southwell with some live chances yesterday evening, but while Bennachie and Fields Of Glory were both just pipped, Royale Django was very impressive on his first start over fences and he looks to have a bright future over the larger obstacles.Purchased in Ireland last summer after winning on his hurdling debut in June 2014, he took a couple of runs to come to himself over the winter, putting up a career-best display to win a novice hurdle at Southwell in March.  Subsequently disappointing on his handicap debut, I think the soft ground may have just proved too much for him that day and he looked far more at home on a sound surface yesterday, producing a fluent round of jumping under Richard Johnson to win by an eased-down 20 lengths.

We’ll wait to see what the handicapper does before making any plans for him, but he is a lightly-raced and progressive six year old and hopefully further success awaits in the coming months.

Bennachie was only just denied in his hat-trick bid, but it was another fine effort from the son of Milan, as his two wins had both come earlier in the month, so he has had a busy time of it.  He’ll have a week or so off and we’ll look for something for him next month, as he needs good ground.

Danmurphysdoor shaped with promise on his hurdling debut over a trip that probably just stretched him, but I was delighted with the run of Fields Of Glory, who looked the winner the whole way up the straight in the concluding bumper, only to get nabbed late on!  A three-parts brother to the top-class Captain Conan, it was a promising performance on his first start since last May, especially as we are unlikely to see the best of him until he is sent chasing next term.