River Bray found Southwell a little sharp, but managed to plug on and finish a creditable fifth. He is taking a little time to learn the ropes, but all the signs are that he is becoming very professional.

We have a hectic few days ahead, starting with Run to Milan, Bindon Mill and Ambion Lane at Exeter tomorrow, followed by Dancing Shadow at Sandown and Ut Majeur Aulmes at Wetherby, both on Saturday.

The exciting Run to Milan has his first run over hurdles tomorrow, in what looks a hot contest. He has schooled very well and the form of his two bumper runs has stood up.

Ambion Lane runs in the 2m 5f handicap hurdle. He has improved a lot at home recently, but undoubtedly he needs further, but I still am expecting a better run.

Bindon Mill is tried for the first time over a marathon trip. He is in great form at home and if he is anything like his full sister Tambura he will get every inch of it.

Ut Majeur Aulmes travels up to Wetherby on Saturday for the 2m handicap chase. He is fine form at home and with any luck, he should get his head in front this time.

Kelso and the Borders National has been the objective for Dancing Shadow for the last six months. However the weather has intervened and the meeting on Sunday must be in considerable doubt, so he will be rerouted on Saturday for the London National over the shorter trip of 3m 5f.