image-left-align HeyhoeWishfull Dreaming is probably a horse for the spring and looks the most likely winner of Taunton’s 3.50 on Monday. Good ground is what the gelding needs to produce his best.

Indeed, the six-year-old looked a smart prospect when hacking up on a sound surface on his return at Chepstow before finding his next race coming too soon at Cheltenham. Still, a creditable fourth to Brain Power at Sandown last time underlined his potential. Wishfull Dreaming should be fresh too following a 107-day break and a big run is expected in a competitive heat.

Ireland’s magnificent haul of 19 winners at last week’s Cheltenham Festival was the high point of the meeting. The Irish-trained horses were superbly prepared and ready to rise to the occasion especially in the handicaps where the use of prep runs in graded races proved worth its weight in gold.

Nicky Henderson flew a lonely flag for the home team but in truth the big domestic trainers were trounced by their Irish counterparts. Before the festival Alan King was very bullish about the prospects of Yanworth, Uxizandre and Master Blueyes yet they all ran so disappointingly and that seemed to sum up the week for so many of the Brits.