Haldon Hill’s exciting win at Exeter on Friday prompted an approach from the biggest owner in England and Ireland Mr JP McManus. A deal has been struck and the horse will now run in the famous green and gold colours carried previously by Benetwood who won eight races while trained at Shutscombe Farm. It will be a delight to train again for such a professional organisation.

Helvagood runs today at Taunton in the three mile handicap chase, previously his best form has been on stiffer tracks, so it will be interesting to see how he copes on a sharper track albeit fences and three miles.