IF you’re a punter who places a big emphasis on trainer form, you’re tracking John McConnell at this time of the year. Seven wins in the last two weeks, including a hat-trick at Downpatrick last Sunday should be the trigger.

Last year the Stamullen, Co Meath-based trainer sent out 30 winners, on the flat and over jumps collectively, from August to November inclusive. This is his time of year.