Plenty of places though no wins last week, but some good performances on heavy ground from a batch of nice youngsters to look forward to.
At Carlisle we had a third place from bumper mare Without Conviction who looks a robust type to go over hurdles; she settled better than on her debut and having schooled over hurdles already she should be a nice novice hurdle prospect.
West End Lady is also learning her trade and her third place at Hexham reinforced the view that she is going to be a super mare to be involved with; she has a mark of 113 following her two runs this autumn and should be very competitive next time.
We are known for our staying chasers and both Speak Of The Devil at Newcastle and Buddha Scheme at Ayr were third and should continue to run well over three miles plus.
Bialco showed more of his old sparkle when third over hurdles at Ayr, while another to return to form was Grand Morning who jumped much better, and while fourth at Carlisle he looks to be gaining confidence chasing. Ryalex was also fourth and can build on this run, while Aurora Thunder travelled very sweetly into the Pertemps qualifier but the three miles on heavy just stretched her stamina making her fourth place all the more noteworthy.
Mannochmore faded after the last at Newcastle having made the running, and will try better ground next time, as will A Ladies Milan who found the heavy ground too much of a task. Faire Part Sivola fell on his first novice chase start and may have a spin back over hurdles. OrionInverness made an error at the water jump at Hexham and stopped travelling thereafter; we will give him time and some rehab before his next run.