I PAID what is now just my annual visit to Loughanmore last Saturday for the Northern Region of Eventing Ireland’s one-day event and, having rung in advance, walked up to the racing yard to have a chat with resident trainer Colin McKeever.

He is very much looking forward to the start of the point-to-point season, as is owner Wilson Dennison, as they have plenty of four-year-olds, and some five-year-olds, and, it appears, one 10-year-old, to run during the autumn season, with a lot of three-year-olds waiting in the wings for the spring campaign.