DAVID Probert had mixed feelings about being unable to go to Doncaster last Friday to partner his old friend Dancing Star, on whom he won the Stewards Cup in 2016.

Though she won the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes at the Yorkshire track, Probert gained ample compensation by going to Chester and riding a 35/1 treble, his second this year. Those were three of the seven winners his boss Andrew Balding trained that day.

Ron Harris’ yard continues to be in good form this summer. At Doncaster last week Harris’ Under The Covers ran fourth in a Listed race, beaten just a length and a half. She’d finished in the same place in a similar event two weeks earlier and connections may try flying even higher on Saturday, for the mare is entered in Newbury’s Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes.

Harris enlisted apprentice Jason Watson, by some way the leading jockey at Brighton this year, to ride Broadhaven Honey in the five furlong handicap there on Monday. The filly showed great early speed and Watson survived a slipping saddle in the closing stages to hang on (literally) and win. On Sunday Eye Of The Water was a topical winner for the stable at rain-lashed Ffos Las.

The result of the last race at Ffos Las will have given Bernard Llewellyn particular satisfaction. Ascot Day, having his third run for the stable, relished the heavy going to win the mile and a half handicap by three lengths. He’d shown he could cope with soft going in his previous race at Lingfield, and Llewellyn applied cheekpieces for the first time in the horse’s career. The trainer purchased him in July for just 2,500 guineas.

Chepstow racecourse is hosting the first ever Welsh Horse Racing Awards on Thursday 22 November. These are designed to recognise both equine and human talent and success across Wales including owners, trainers, horses, jockeys, stable staff and breeders. Nominees must live, work or be trained in Wales.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of horse racing professionals, one of whom will be trainer Tim Vaughan. He said: “I am delighted to be involved in selecting the first winners of the Welsh Horse Racing Awards.

"There are so many hard working people, loyal owners and great racehorses in Wales; it’s great that their success and commitment will be endorsed by these awards.”

Nominations, with the reason for them, will be accepted by post or by e-mail to sbell@chepstow-racecourse.co.uk. They don’t have to focus solely on the big stables or top-rated horses. The good work of smaller yards to get wins out of modest performers can also be recognised – the exploits of Paddy The Oscar last jumps season come to mind.

Tickets to attend the awards ceremony, which is in aid of the Racing Welfare charity, cost £66 and include a welcome drink and three-course dinner, coffee and a programme for the evening.