Our gallops reporter has paid a visit to the West Country and has the latest news on Hennessy hope Balthazar King.
Philip Hobbs sent the majority of his workers up the steep all-weather at Sandhills in spite of having to contend with continuing inclement weather conditions.
The trainer may take some horses to Wetherby next week, amongst them IRISH BUCCANEER.
The five-year-old bumper winner may defend his unbeaten record in a novices' hurdle for which he has schooled proficiently.
He also took the eye on his latest stretch up the all-weather.
Hobbs is also considering taking TALKONTHESTREET to Wetherby for a beginners' chase.
The five-year-old made a satisfactory start to his chasing career when second to a well-regarded rival and has plenty of scope for improvement.
VOLADOR should progress significantly from his comeback a month ago and he looked well in himself breezing this morning.
OLDRIK looked well in himself and CELTIC ABBEY also breezed nicely.
BALTHAZAR KING ran well when a solidly-backed favourite for the cross-country chase at Cheltenham and worked well this morning ahead of a big-race assignment.
This habitual front-runner seems to have come out of that race sufficiently well to now have his sights raised towards a crack at the Hennessy.