Be Bop Boru has done nothing but improve in the past year and, following an agonising defeat at Cheltenham on his final start last season and a fine third there on his reappearance in November, he gained a well deserved fourth success over hurdles with a ready win at Fakenham yesterday.

Given a good, patient ride by Alan Johns, who continues to impress and looks excellent value for his 7lbs claim, Be Bop Boru was brought with a challenge approaching the second last and, though idling a little in the closing stages, he kept on well enough to win by just over three lengths.

Hopefully, a 6lbs penalty should bring him into contention for the 3m handicap hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, as he does seem to go very well there and hopefully would have a live chance of making it third time lucky at the course!  Otherwise, we could also look at Musselburgh on the same day.

The staff are in a festive mood and, while a couple of the lads have been sporting santa hats in recent days, the girls have trumped that with a fine array of Christmas jumpers!  Pictured left to right are Callie Barnes on Time And Again, Rachel Leyshon on Liberty Court, Jaz Richards on Figaro, Bernie Bustin on Belize and Erin Attride on Vodka Island.