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A double at Uttoxeter on Friday 29 October emphasised the fine early season form of our team. It came 24 hours after the success of Forever Blessed at Ffos Las.

First to strike on Friday was Lady Adare in what looked a competitive mares’ maiden hurdle over two miles.

I didn’t manage to watch the race as I’d gone down to the start to make sure that Lady Adare was nice and relaxed before they jumped off. But her jockey Lorcan Murtagh was impressed with the manner of her victory and so was I once I had the chance to look at the replay.

We bought Lady Adare with the help of Kevin Ross after she won her bumper on her debut at Newcastle. She is a fine, strong mare, a really nice recruit and it was great to see her make the perfect start for her owners.

She is a bit of a character at home but Lorcan knows her well as he rides her every day at home. She won decisively in the end and I’ll see how she comes out of the race before making any firm plans, though I’d imagine the most likely option is to turn her out again in a novice hurdle under a penalty.

Lorcan then completed a double for the yard on Imperial Esprit on his return to action in a Class 5 handicap Chase over two and a half miles.

We have had to be very patient with this horse who has had umpteen problems. So we have been training him almost with the handbrake on so I’d say he is bound to improve a fair bit for this first race in 282 days.

My hope now is that Imperial Esprit stays in one piece and that he can build on this pleasing seasonal debut and get his career back on course.

Photo Courtesy of Uttoxeter Racecourse and Nigel Kirby

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