Two long trips up North last week resulted in four seconds from four runners - hugely frustrating but at least we can take consolation from the fact they are all running so well. It was especially frustrating for Perfect Timing's owners as another couple of yards and he'd have won. 'Pete' was down to a good mark and was carrying the lowest weight he'd had in a race in over a year so we were hopeful of a solid run. He was a distant third at the penultimate fence but consented to run on after the last and flew home to close down on the idling winner but unfortunately not quite quickly enough. We are beginning to think he enjoys running on when it's all over! Hopefully he can reward his loyal and patient group of owners next time out by going one better. Elsewhere Sean gave The Way You Dance another peach of a ride, delivering him perfectly after the last to assert up the run-in. He's one that wouldn't want to be in front too soon and doesn't do a lot once he gets there so hopefully there's a bit more improvement left under the bonnet with him. Queens Bay, Hygrove Percy and Vexillum all ran solid races and have all come out of their races well and Ashcott Boy should hopefully come on for his run after a mini break at Worcester. He really has been a star for us, climbing 34lbs up the handicap last season winning five races over the course of the year. His win at Aintree was a day his owner John Hobbs will never forget and David Noonan seems to get the best out of him. We have plenty entered up this week starting at Bangor this afternoon and we are keen to continue our super start to the 2016/17 season over the next few days.