ON Saturday at Newbury Nicky Henderson would have been a delighted and relieved man in equal measure. Iberico Lord under a patient ride from Nico de Boinville landed the Betfair Hurdle and Shishkin was on his best behaviour in winning the Grade 2 Betfair Denman Chase.

Both races make for interesting data analysis as does the Betfair Game Spirit Chase where under a change of tactics Edwardstone was a revelation. I will also be putting Brighterdaysahead in the Apple’s Jade at Navan on Sunday under the sectional microscope.