JENNIE Candlish's racing stables in the Staffordshire Moorlands are starting to fire again with several winners following a barren spell on emerging from lockdown.
The Basford Grange yard signed off on a high on the last day of racing on March 16 with a winning double over hurdles at Kelso.
But since that success of Bryden Boy and Golan Cloud at the northern course, it's been somewhat heavy going for Team Candlish, after jumps racing was allowed to return on July 1 at Southwell.
However, the stable is now hopeful of a resurgence of winning form after two of the yard's chasers, Red Giant and Tanarpino, won at Sedgefield and Carlisle respectively last week.
Both horses won the feature races on the card at big odds - 16/1 and 14/1.
There was a hint of more success to come yesterday (Oct 26), when Stop Talking and Leeswood Lily each finished a close second over fences and hurdles respectively at Carlisle.
It was a remarkable performance by Stop Talking to be beaten by just over two lengths on her chasing debut after an absence of 412 days.
Team Candlish turn their attentions to much closer to home today, at Bangor on Dee, following yesterday's 500-mile return journey into Scotland.
Hurdlers Quick Pick and Mint Condition represent the stables in the 3.05 and 3.40 races.
Both horses are returning to action after lengthy absences: Quick Pick 645 days and Mint Condition 236 days.