LOCAL trainers are enjoying a great spell, with seven winners since Thursday.

The middle of that day’s Chepstow meeting was a particularly happy hour for them, with three wins in consecutive races between 3.00 and 4.00.

First came Don’t Stop Dancing for Ron Harris, a 40/1 shot who made all the running to turn over an Archie Watson-Oisin Murphy odds on favourite, as did a Chris Mason filly at 33/1 the week before.

Harris said: “This wasn’t a surprise. He didn’t get home first time out over seven furlongs.” That was at Chepstow earlier this month, when he finished sixth.

“He came on a ton for that. We haven’t had him long, but he knows his job.”

He changed hands for just 2,000 euros in May and has won that back already. His jockey David Probert praised him, saying: “He’d sharpened up nicely at home. He was pretty professional today and jumped off nicely.”

Half an hour later the Robert Stephens-trained Secondo came “firsto”, as commentator Richard Hoiles described it, breaking a losing sequence of 23 over four-and-a-half years.

He’s been quite good at finishing second and third in that time, which perhaps accounts for his past and current owners’ patience.

Secondo is nine now, but on this evidence there’s no reason why he shouldn’t win again – in less than four-and-a-half years’ time.

Chris Mason’s Jaganory was the runner-up in that race, but his turn in the winners enclosure came in the next with Aquadabra.

She’d only gone 22 runs without success until breaking the sequence at Wolverhampton earlier this month.

She followed up on Thursday in game style. Coincidentally, both victories were by a short head.

In the last fortnight Mason has trained three winners, two seconds and a third from just eight runners.

Aquadabra could return to Chepstow on Friday evening, where the stable’s Glamorous Rocket and Gilt Edge also have entries.

A few hours after Secondo’s first place, Robert Stephens was celebrating again, thanks to Toshima in a Ffos Las maiden hurdle.

He hasn’t been very consistent, but this race went his way with the help of two other principals running too keenly for their own good.

Over the weekend there were three winners in a row for the David Evans stable, proving it’s right back in form.

They came hard on the heels of three second places in three days before. Scofflaw won an apprentices race at Haydock on Friday, coming from last to first on good to soft ground.

Previously he’d won a Wolverhampton claimer under Adam Kirby.

Evans’ long-distance forays can be profitable to follow and he stayed up north to saddle the recently-gelded two-year-old Isobar Wind in a Ripon seller the next day.

Visored for the first time, he made all the running to win by six lengths, yet there was no bid for him afterwards.

It was one of Daniel Tudhope’s five winners that day, which propelled him to favouritism in the jockeys’ championship.

On Sunday the Evans entourage went further north to Redcar and trailblazing tactics were employed again, this time on Anif in a claimer.

He just held on for what was his fourth win in ten starts since he first came to the stable.

After the midweek, temperatures should be less tropical but perfectly pleasant for Chepstow’s Caribbean-themed race night on Friday.