DUKE OF BRONTE had a cracking three-year-old campaign, springing a 100/1 shock when winning on his third start at Newbury and proved that no fluke by going onto two handicap successes, including a £100,000 event at Ascot. He is from a family that progress with age, his half-sister Taws improved twelve pounds from three to four, finishing second in the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot and he has done really well over the winter so we have high hopes this year. The snow and wet weather has made life very difficult in recent weeks so the string is a bit further behind than we would like, however, he is mentally ready for a run and heads to Chelmsford for a £25,000 handicap this evening. The all-weather surface is a bit of a question mark (inexperienced and green on his first two runs on the surface) but we didn’t want his first run to be on heavy ground and although ten furlongs may be on the sharp side, it will be good to get him back on track.