THE early-season juveniles from the David Evans yard continue to be busy and it’ll be a surprise if they don’t have a few more successes before the month is out.

The stable’s recent winners Zulu Zander and Chasanda are entered to run on Friday. Heer We Go Again, living up to his name, ran his third and best race so far on Saturday, coming in second behind a promising Mark Johnston horse.

Leave Em Alone, fourth on debut at 80/1, will be a much shorter price in one division of today’s novices race at Beverley. Lili Wen Fach, two places behind her stablemate when the subject of a little support from 100/1 to 40/1, goes in division two of the Beverley race.

The highest-rated older horse in the yard, Gracious John, made little show at Newbury on Friday. Despite the presence of Oisin Murphy in the saddle, he sweated up beforehand, was slowly away and was clearly going nowhere by halfway. Murphy didn’t knock him about, but it was a particularly disappointing effort in a race he’d won in 2018. He was due to run again at Wolverhampton on Tuesday evening, where stablemate Amor Fati was fancied to go well in another contest.

Returned at 33/1, Lihou was clearly unfancied for his first outing of the year at Newbury, and though he was unplaced, further analysis suggests it wasn’t too bad a performance. It was a 14 runner field and Lihou was seventh of the leading group of seven, which came in six lengths ahead of the remainder. The winner (Andrew Balding’s Happy Power, who went into many notebooks) was different class to the rest.

At Kempton last Wednesday, Milton Bradley’s Muraaqeb won for the second time this year. The first success was over an extended mile, off an extremely low mark of 37, and this one was over a mile and three furlongs off 46, finishing strongly. This versatile sort should be able to win again in his turn.

Secret Potion won for Ron Harris on the same card, getting up gamely near the post. Harris’ decent handicapper The Daley Express was beaten a neck at Windsor on Monday, his first run for six months. He could reappear at Bath on Good Friday, a venue he scored at twice last spring. The trainer has Union Rose and Powerful Dream in the same race and it’ll be interesting to see which one he runs.

David Probert has been in good form, riding a winner on both days of the Newbury meeting and another one at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. They all won handsomely. He has three rides at Lingfield’s All-Weather Championships on Good Friday, and they have each-way prospects.

Chepstow’s next fixture is on Bank Holiday Monday, where there will be an imaginative variety of family fun as well as seven jumps races. They stage another meeting there four days after that, with the Dunraven Bowl, the highlight of their first evening meeting of the season and their last over jumps until October.