Most of the horses have run very well at the start of this season and will almost certainly improve for their first run. It is difficult when you start a new season with horses that have been conditioned and got race fit from grass – you never really know where you are until you have had a few runners. A lot depends on how much condition they have put on and this determines how long it takes to get them race fit.

In this respect Dancing Shadow was always going to be the fittest as he came in from grass without putting on too much condition. He produced the best result when going under by a short head in the Veterans Chase at Chepstow. He waits for the Stayers Chase at Exeter in early December – He has run a lot of good races at Exeter in the past.

Sweet Adare ran a very promising 5th at Newton Abbot in her first chase when up against 4 highly rated opponents. She has several options including a Mares 0-125 Handicap Chase at Kempton in mid November or a Mares Beginners Chase at Fontwell 2 days earlier.

Get Wishing produced a creditable 4th on his chase debut at Bangor earlier this week. His preparation had been interrupted so we are sure he will improve for the run. The same applies to Bolving who put in a good performance at Stratford recently.

Yesterday Hartnoll Hero was a very encouraging 4th in the NH Flat Race at Newton Abbot. The ground was very soft and he was up against some useful opponents and the future looks bright for him. His pedigree has several 2 mile Hurdlers/Chasers in it which implies a 2 mile 1 furlong bumper in soft ground would stretch his stamina.

Minnie Escape will hopefully have her seasonal debut next Tuesday at Exeter in a 2 mile Handicap Hurdle.