Having strengthened up so nicely over the winter after a productive three-year-old campaign we have high expectations for DUKE OF BRONTE this year and we were looking forward to getting him back on track last night. However, having endured the worst winter in twenty-nine years of training, the string is behind schedule and with the horses likely to need their first few runs of the campaign, we went to Chelmsford more in hope than expectation. Added to that ten furlongs was on the sharp side but it was an ideal starting point without having an arduous race on heavy ground and would set him up nicely for the season.

Once again he surprised us (perhaps not as much as when he won at 100/1 at Newbury!) by coming out on top in a very tight finish to land the £25,000 prize. Although he was slightly outpaced when they quickened approaching the home bend, it was his superior stamina and class that came to the fore in the closing stages. In a tight battle he again showed that he has the same “will to win” as his half-sister Taws that will surely stand him good stead as he steps up in grade. This fourth career success took his earnings past the £100,000 barrier and opens up plenty of options. Future plans are fluid but the dream that he could be our next ‘Sergeant Cecil’ is well and truly alive!