The ten day National Hunt break finishes on Sunday and we have plenty entered for the meetings at Plumpton and Uttoxeter on the first day back, as well as at Newton Abbot on Tuesday.

It has been a busy week and the recent rain (there was something of a deluge for the whole of last week!) has allowed us to start schooling on the grass, which is a great help.

Though we may have a slightly smaller team than usual for juvenile hurdling this term they certainly all look capable of winning races, including George Woolf (pictured above, Katie Ash), who I am confident will benefit greatly from his recent hurdles bow at Fontwell Park over a stamina-sapping 2m2f on soft ground.

Khorun (above right, Erin O’Loughlin) ran well to finish third in a competitive novice chase last time and he appears in good form at home, pictured here with ex-Irish pointer & exciting novice hurdle prospect Flying Vic (Rob Kirk), whose owners Mike and Sue Armitage were present to see him work.

King’s Sunset (Ross Coleman) is another excellent prospect for the season ahead and he is in great shape at present, pictured here working with Hot Head (Lauren O’Connor), whose illustrious half-brother Brown Panther ran such a good race to finish second in the St Leger on Saturday for his owner Michael Owen.