DfwQ8WOX4AAjDBRA dual winner earlier in his career in Ireland, Eric The Third got off the mark at the third time of asking since joining us this year with an authoritative success at Newton Abbot yesterday under David Noonan.

Running over fences for just the third time, he put in an accomplished round of jumping and, hitting the front at halfway, he galloped on resolutely to win by a wide margin in what did look a weak contest.

We’ll see what the handicapper does before deciding where he goes next, but hopefully we can find a similar contest for him next time and, with this confidence-boosting success under his belt, he should prove capable of going in again in the coming weeks.