We have a small team for the summer jumping season this time around, but we already have four winners on the board so far this month, with Nathans Pride and Doc Wells both getting off the mark over obstacles for the first time.

A smart bumper performer on a sound surface in Ireland, Nathans Pride didn’t appear at home on winter ground in two starts in that sphere since joining us and, granted good ground for the first time with him, it was frustrating to see him unseat at the first at Uttoxeter at the beginning of the month.

Thankfully, he was none the worse for the mishap and, though his hurdling at Worcester yesterday was a little novicey, he had enough class to hold off the one serious challenger up the straight.  He has schooled very well at home and I am sure he will improve plenty for the experience, especially given he had to make his own running for the majority of the race.

Doc Wells is a recent addition to the yard, having joined us after running very well in the Dunraven Bowl at Chepstow last month.

We found what looked a weak contest for his first start under rules at Ffos Las and there were few worries through the 3m1f contest, ass he jumped and travelled well, drawing clear to win by 9 lengths under Richard Johnson.

He has come out of the race well and we may look to run him under a penalty at Towcester next Friday.