We have plenty to school this morning and I was delighted with the way they went first lot, with several of our novices shaping up very nicely.

The Middleham Park Racing-owned Valsky Kauto (pictured above left, Donie Fahy) is from the family of Kauto Star and Kauto Stone and he is set to go juvenile hurdling in the coming months. He has taken really well to schooling and, though he has some illustrious hoofprints to follow, I am very hopeful he can develop into a useful young hurdler this season.

Ivan Vasilevich was a useful handicapper on the flat and, though he hasn’t managed to get his head in front in two starts over hurdles to date, he gives the impression the transition from the level to hurdling is just taking a little time, as his work at home has been very good from day one. I was very pleased with him this morning, seen far-side (Michael Byrne), upsides Perfect Buttons (Kurt Smith), who may have a spin on the flat at Ffos Las or Kempton next week before going novice hurdling.

Tout Regulier (pictured left, Jason Kiely) is in over hurdles and fences next week and she looks in great form at present. If able to translate the best of her hurdles form to the larger obstacles she could is potentially well-treated over fences and at this stage there is a strong chance she could be one of a number of runners for us at Perth’s two-day meeting next week.