Denis Egan is pleased to see an increase in the number of National Hunt riders' licences in Ireland but admits the fall in trainers' licences is very worrying following the release of Integrity Racing Statistics for 2017.
There will not be many more dramatic winners this season than the former Martin Hassett point-to-pointer Pookie Pekan at Wetherby, as three horses were beaten after trading at 1.01 in-running on Betfair.
Owners Robour, and trainer Henry de Bromhead could have hardly envisaged a better start with their new recruit Chris's Dream as he pulverised the opposition in the Grade 3 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel.
As was the case in the 3.55, the two fences in the straight were omitted due to the low-lying sun. The concluding race at Clonmel still went along expected lines though, with 1/2 shot Augustin living up to his billing in the Ballydine Beginners Chase.