Monday 23rd January

Frustrating for everyone that Hereford was off yesterday due to frost.  Timetobenefit has now been entered in the mares bumper at Doncaster on Saturday, whilst we will look for another target for Bertie Barnes.

We have declared Master Vintage at Leicester tomorrow in the 3.50pm.  He has been off the course for some time, having had an operation for kissing spine.  However he has ability and ran well on his last appearance at Sandown, when if he had jumped the last, he probably would have won.  He is sure to come on for his run tomorrow, he is a hard-pulling type and let’s hope he settles under Danny Hiskett.  

I thought Bristol De Mai was impressive at Haydock on Saturday.  He looks to have settled better now and therefore suited by a step up in trip.  At 20-1 he might be the each-way value in this year’s Gold Cup.