C_zkgF7XsAE75A4We have had five of our eight runners reach the frame without winning since the scores went back to zero at the beginning of the 2017/2018 National Hunt campaign, so we were delighted to see Monsieur Arkadin get us on the board for the season with a facile success at Carlisle under Alan Johns.

Sent off the 1/6 favourite and facing just one rival, Alan kept things simple and set Monsieur Arkadin out in front, where he jumped fluently and easily drew clear up the home straight without Alan needing to put him under any pressure.  It was the perfect confidence booster for the horse, who had gone close at Stratford on his previous outing, and I am delighted for his owners Derek Passant and Glenn Butt.

(photo courtesy Jackie Kingdom)