I was delighted with Milborough’s run in the Grade 2 Towton Novice Chase at Wetherby yesterday, in which he finished runner-up in an incident-packed race.

In just three starts for us so far this season, he has already recouped more than his purchase price for owners Pinehurst Stud and, having won on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter, he was unlucky not to have gone into yesterday’s race unbeaten over fences, having fallen when looking the likely winner at Ayr last month.

He is very lightly-raced and, having taken very well to fences, I hope there is a bit more to come from him.  He has an entry in the National Hunt Chase and, though he is also in the RSA at the Festival, the former would appear the likeliest option.

We introduced a nice four year old, Shout It Aloud, for the Mount Fawcus Partnership in the opening bumper at Kempton Park on Friday and I thought he was a little unlucky not to have made a winning debut, Michael Byrne having had to switch off the rails to get a run just outside the furlong pole. However, it was a really promising run and, while I hope he won’t be long in going one better, he is one to look forward to over hurdles next season.

Ashford Wood is another to watch over hurdles, having finished third in his final bumper run at Ffos Las yesterday.  He looks a real stayer in the making and hopefully he can get his head in front in the coming weeks.