THE 2023-24 National Hunt racing season is now starting to seriously get going and several local trainers are enjoying success.

Philip Hobbs and Johnson White who train alongside the A39 at Bilbrook enjoyed a rich vein of form and  had three winners in as many days and a placed horse.

First up for them on October 26th was Dans Chosen, who is owned by a local syndicate and who is making winning a habit. He came in first at Ludlow at 7-2 ridden by amateur jockey Callum Pritchard.

Three days later the yard enjoyed a double when Celeste D’Alien ridden by Elizabeth Gale came in at 3-1 at Aintree, shortly after which Lowry’s Bar under Ben Jones won at Wincanton going off at 2-1. The yard rounded off a good afternoon when Musical Slave came in second at 16-1 ridden by stable jockey Micheal Nolan.

Another West Somerset handler Jeremy Scott who trains overlooking Wimbleball Lake notched up two winners in three days. The first for the Exmoor based trainers winners came at Newton Abbot on October 21st when Little Else won at 9-2 under Rex Dingle and his second came when Petticoat Lucy triumphed at Exeter under Lorcan Williams after going off at 11-4. Scott has also enjoyed two placed horses during the same period.

Wellington based David Pipe has made a great start to the new season and to date has enjoyed 17 winners and also had 28 of his horses placed.

Recently Pipe identified four of the horses on his yard that local punters might want to keep an eye out for during the coming months.

Worldwide Fury, a nice young horse who is only four and has won at point to point, so will be a nice novice hurdler this year

Itseemslikeit is a big horse who was placed in an Irish Point to Point who is one for the future

Pachacuti who won at Fakenham last year will probably go novice chasing this year and is on a good handicap mark 

Thanksforthehelp owned by JP McManus did well last year and will go novice chasing this year as well.

There is jumps racing within travelling distance at Stratford and Worcester today (Thursday), Hereford  and Plumpton on Monday 6th November,, Warwick on Tuesday and Wednesday 7th and 8th November, Chepstow on November 8th, Ludlow November 9th and Exeter on November 10th.