C’est Du Gateau has needed plenty of time, so it was very pleasing to see him reward his owners’ patience with a breakthrough success at Towcester yesterday under a good ride from conditional Richard Patrick.

Held up of a sensible gallop in what were very testing conditions, he made up ground from the home turn and, hitting the front before the last, he kept on to score by four lengths, despite idling a little late on.

We will look to give him another run over hurdles next, but we won’t wait long before sending him over fences in the spring.