After a frustrating run of placed horses without any winners earlier this month, it is fair to say our fortunes have taken a turn for the better, with the impressive win of Wings Of Smoke giving us a fourth winner in as many days.

A good winner of a novice hurdle at Aintree in June 2011, Wings of Smoke looked well-treated on the form of his subsequent 4th in a class 2 handicap hurdle at Hexham and, given plenty of time off to mature after a couple of disappointing efforts last winter, he rewarded the patience of his owners Pearn’s Pharmacies Ltd with a fine effort yesterday, always travelling well under Michael Byrne and finding enough up the testing home straight at Exeter.

A big, scopey son of King’s Theatre, his future lies over fences, but we may look to give him one more run over hurdles before switching codes.

As was the case at this time last year, we have moved our schooling ground from the hill on the left of the gallops to a fresh, flat strip of grass in the field to the right and Richard Johnson, Aiden Coleman, Dougie Costello and Donal Fahy were all in to school on Tuesday morning before racing at Exeter.