Entries for the Grade 1’s and the novice races at Cheltenham have now closed and I am delighted that we have so many exciting prospects to enter up there!

Cheltenham Listed bumper runner-up Jimbill has been given entries in both the Supreme Novices’ and the Neptune Investment. A winner on his hurdles debut at Fakenham, he wasn’t at his best on his next start and he remains a high-class prospect. The talented pair Tanerko Emery and Judiciary have also received entries for the Festival’s curtain raiser.

We have several in the Neptune Investment alongside Jimbill; Grade 1 Challow Hurdle runner-up Ballyrock, last year’s Champion Bumper runner-up Destroyer Deployed, and the J P McManus-owned Aland Islands (pictured above under Michael Byrne), who is unbeaten in two starts having won at Hexham on his hurdles debut.

The exciting Ballyrock, who produced such a promising performance when giving Fingal Bay a race at Newbury (on right of picture), has also been given an entry in the Albert Bartlett, as has Destroyer Deployed, who shaped very well on his seasonal reappearance behind the useful All The Aces, only to fail to give his running in an ordinary event at Hereford last time. He wasn’t 100% right after that race and the run is best forgotten, as he remains one of our best prospects. The very progressive Rev It Up and Captain Moonman, who had Mount Benbulben behind when winning his Irish point, complete our entries for the 3m contest on the Friday.

We have two exciting young horses off the flat in France entered in the Triumph Hurdle, both of whom will be making their National Hunt debuts in the coming fortnight. Amok (pictured left, schooling under Richie Killoran), who is our first horse for owner Derek Passant, and Mon Desir, who will represent Pearn’s Pharmacies Ltd, have both schooled particularly well.

I have put four of ours in the Grand National; Our Island, Postmaster, Stewarts House and new recruit Tartak.

Tartak has kindly been sent to us by his owner David Fox, as he felt a change of scenery could do the horse some good as he has appeared to be a little out of sorts on the racecourse this season. He arrived at the yard looking an absolute picture and is a credit to his former trainer Tom George. Hopefully, a change of environment will see him rediscover his best form and, if that’s the case, he is a tremendously exciting addition to the yard.

Stewarts House looked an absolute natural over the National fences when taking the Grand Sefton at Aintree in October and if his stamina holds out he surely has a strong each-way chance, while Our Island and Postmaster both have stamina in abundance and I am hopeful both can creep in towards the bottom of the weights.