IN these pre-Cheltenham weeks, it’s hard to get really enthused about what’s happening on the flat, but there were a few winners of interest on the varying artificial surfaces in Britain and Ireland in the period under review.

On the Polytrack at Dundalk last Friday evening, two northern owners had their colours carried to success, with the opening Smart Money’s On Coral Handicap over five furlongs falling to the Tom Madden-ridden Hee Haw who was winning for the first time in Ireland.