Lake ChapalaA winner at Musselburgh in November and runner-up in his bid for a quickfire double four days later, Lake Chapala returned from a couple of months off in similarly good form and made it two wins from three starts in the 2m handicap chase at Hereford yesterday.

Once again settled in rear by Alan Johns, he made progress on the final circuit to track the two leaders and, having jumped the last two lengths down, he produced a strong run to get his head in front.  Congratulations to his owners Brian and Wayne Jones!

We will be giving a large number of our horses their flu jab at the end of the week, so we’ll have a quiet fortnight or so in terms of runners, but it is great to be within a couple of winners of the half-century, and having passed through the £300,000 prize-money barrier, with well over three months left of the season.