We were delighted to see Golden Birthday provide us with our first winner on the flat at Leicester on Monday.
While jump racing remains our core business Golden Birthday enjoys good ground and given he already has a lofty rating of 147 over hurdles he is unlikely to find many opportunities next summer.
As he is not overly big it made sense to see how he would fare on the flat.
The maiden at Leicester over a mile and a half looked an ideal starting point and he came through the test with flying colours under a confident ride from Fran Berry.
Although the ground was officially heavy, which led to several non runners, it was no worse than good to soft by jumping standards.
Golden Birthday seemed fine in the conditions as you would expect of a horse who has won on the soft at Plumpton.
He travelled well throughout, eased into contention early in the straight and kept on strongly to beat the 75 rated Lester Kris by one and a quarter lengths.
As he was conceding 7 lbs to the runner up it will be interesting to see what the handicapper decides to give him for his opening handicap mark.
The plan is to send him to Chepstow for the Tote Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow on October 14 before putting him away for the winter.
When he re-appears in the spring once the ground dries out we can look forward to mapping out a campaign on the flat for him in 2018. Golden Birthday was my second runner on the flat.
The next one is likely to be Duke Of Dorset, the only two year old in the yard, who is on course to make his debut at Salisbury in a fortnight.