Some solid runs over the past few days, not least from the novice chaser Speak Of The Devil who was second over three miles three furlongs, showing all the attributes of a young staying chaser. At seventeen hands Devil is still maturing but has shown a super attitude, and while he needs to sharpen his jumping, he is finishing his races off well and cannot be far from his first win.
We have had a few good comeback runs, including Rising Marienbard who ran a blinder at Newcastle to just get tired after the last hurdle. He can build on this, as can Shanroe Street, who at Ayr led until outpaced in the home straight. A step up in trip beckons for him.
Emissaire ran better than his finishing place suggests, although he took time to regain his confidence over the hurdles. The race will have helped his confidence and with time he should be back in the winners' enclosure. We made an error running Calle Malva over the three mile trip, a distance that will suit her next season but she is not yet strong enough for it at the moment.
And then the two horror falls; Le Frank at Newcastle came up far too far out and despite a gargantuan effort crashed to the ground giving himself many bruises. He was luckily only a little stiff on his return home and will have plenty of our tlc to let him recover.
Saint Freule was running a brave race from the front until breasting the first in the home straight at speed. The fall fired Blair into the ground and both horse and rider are lucky to have walked away. Blair was taken to hospital for scans and returned home that night with a diagnosis of concussion, while Saint has a cracked pedal bone which should heal fine in time, but will need a cast and good nursing.