Dancing Shadow runs in the 3m handicap chase at Exeter tomorrow and is ridden by Bryony Frost who is having her first ride for the yard. I hope the ground will be a little bit better for him than it was last time when it was far too heavy.

We have several runners coming up Bindon Lane and Haldon Hill at Hereford on Friday and Admiral’s Secret runs at Wincanton on a Saturday.

It has been quite a different Christmas this year for me as I have sold the house and I am moving across the yard and into my cottage which will be smaller and much more suitable for me. This has been my first move in thirty years and I would not recommend it to anyone and it accounts to the somewhat lack of Christmas festivities. I do wish everybody a happy and prosperous New Year.