We’ve had a lot of seconds over the past week so it was nice to get three winners on Saturday. Istanbul got things started winning at Beverley on just his second start. He chased the leaders under Tony Hamilton and was asked for an effort two furlongs from home. He showed a good attitude to battle over the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by a length-and-three-quarters. He looks a nice prospect and could get some exciting entries.

Gabrial The Devil was drawn in six, had the number 6 saddle cloth and it was the sixth day of the month so really we should have been expecting the win at Haydock. He tracked the leaders under Paul Hanagan and was pushed to take the lead a furlong from home. He stayed on well under pressure and held on to win by a head for owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

Stewardess bought up the treble at Nottingham. She showed a good attitude to chase down the leader under Dave Nolan and then battle over the final furlong. She stayed on really strongly and won well in the end.