Celtic Flames has tested his owners' and trainer's patience with a number of different issues, but it all came right for him today as he jumped with enthusiasm and precision on his chase debut to win at Hexham. I was not sure about the going, but he coped well. As he strengthens with racing he should be able to follow up for Willie and Pat Scott who are pictured with the Racing To School group.
Le Frank also needs to mature but he hurdled really well and today's experience will set him up for a decent career over both hurdles and fences.
Our other two runners did not cope with the deepening ground. Both Vertigo and Topham Bay were wisely pulled up after they struggled to stride out down the hill. There will be other days for both of them.