Presenting Berkley is a lightly-raced eight year old and it was great to see him belatedly get off the mark at Newton Abbot yesterday on just his third start over fences.

The brother to high-class chaser Home Farm and last season’s Grade 2 Hurdle winner Beer Goggles has not been the easiest to train, so it was rewarding to see him win in good style under Alan Johns, who has done plenty of work at home on him of late.

He looked an improved performer back on better ground and running over the longest distance he has encountered in his career to date, and we’ll look for a similar race for him next time.  Congratulations to his owner Optimum Racing, who have been very patient and hopefully will be rewarded with another win next time!