IN the blink of an eye, the showing season is suddenly in full swing and Robert Walker had the best possible start to his 2017 campaign when he rode every flat hunter winner and champion at the North of England Spring Show at Warren Farm, Lancashire.

Just for good measure, while the Cheshire rider stayed aboard the novice and open champions, the stable also fielded both reserves ridden by Walker’s wife Sarah and their 12-year-old son Sam.