A dual winner over fences last term, Looksnowtlikebrian is a lovely prospect for staying handicap chases this season and he got his campaign off to the perfect start at Carlisle today, responding to a fine ride from Richard Johnson to get up in the dying strides.

The son of Brian Boru jumped well in the main and was coming with a strong challenge approaching the last, only to get it all wrong.  However, he quickly regained his momentum and, with Dickie in no mood to be denied, he got up close home to win what looked a very competitive handicap chase.

It was an excellent performance against seasoned handicappers and one that bodes very well for the season ahead.  Looking further ahead, I hope he can develop into a Welsh National horse.