Only three runners at Doncaster for Donald on Saturday but they all have chances for the in-form stable.
He's a lovely horse who I have always thought a huge amount of but he's still very inexperienced and needs the practice. He is going to have come on for his reappearance at Carlisle but this looks quite a competitive contest. Although he ought to be on the premises if he jumps well, he's the sort of horse who is going to continue to improve the more he runs.
He has done well for us so far and now is the time to step up him up to 3m - I think he is going to need it to be seen to best effect. I don't think he would want the ground to be too testing - that was the main reason he is coming here instead of taking up his entry in the Grade 2 event at Cheltenham - but as long as it hasn't got too bad at Doncaster, he ought to have a strong chance.
He won well at Bangor last time but this is a big step up in class for him. He does everything well at home and this should give us a good idea as to just where we stand with him. There are a couple in here who look useful but he's earned the right to take his chance and I hope he will be competitive.