We let Sweet Adare take her chance in the listed hurdle race at Haydock today. She was well fancied on her previous form but failed to cope with the heavy conditions down the back straight. We were aware this might happen as the bulk of her form has been on less testing courses and better ground. She will be campaigned on less testing courses and on better ground with a view to sending her chasing.

Admiral’s Secret and Dancing Shadow are entered at Wincanton on Boxing Day, where Admiral’s Secret attempts to win the same race he won last year. He seems to have come out of his Taunton race well and continues to enjoy a somewhat unconventional training regime.

Dancing Shadow may run in the 3m 1 1/2f Handicap Chase where he should find the Wincanton going more to his liking than was the case at Exeter.