We took a team of four horses to Ffos Las yesterday evening and there were a couple of really good performances despite the testing ground, with the game and consistent Speed Steed giving way only in the final strides of the 2m handicap hurdle, and Explained extending his unbeaten record to 2 with an impressive win in the concluding bumper.

The winner of a match in a newcomers race at Wincanton on his first start, Explained’s assignment yesterday was much tougher both in terms of the opposition, the ground and with a 7lb penalty to carry. However, he never looked like being reeled back after taking up the running with half a mile to go, staying on strongly to win by seven lengths. He is a really exciting prospect for novice hurdles in the months ahead.