Brayford-based trainer Victor Dartnall is heading into the winter jump season with a strong team of young horses, as well as some more familiar names, and with the mud flying following early November’s deluge, runners will be coming thick and fast.

Yard favourite Shammick Boy is known as a staying handicap hurdler, but an enthusiasm for jumping the bigger obstacles tempted Dartnall to try him over fences. Now, the Southern National at Fontwell is the target.

Ambion Wood, once one of the brightest prospects in the country after winning the EBF Handicap Hurdle final in 2012, has had a catalogue of problems, but Dartnall thinks the gelding is back on track and there’s a race for him at Uttoxeter.

Dancing Shadow made a lovely start to his chasing career at Exeter.

Seebright, a winner of nine races, is back in work following a minor injury, and will run the day after Boxing Day at Kempton.

Dartnall also has a wide array of young horses at his disposal, including Sidbury Fair and Ambion Rain.

“I have as good a bunch of young horses as I have ever had and I am really looking forward to running them this season, together with the older horses, and seeing how they progress,” said Victor.