Tom Lacey equalled his total of 20 winners for last season when Silent Man hacked up again at Lingfield on Thursday and the unassuming Herefordshire trainer has a healthy strike of 17% from his 117 runners so far.
This weekend at Newbury could be highly informative for Lacey as Tea Clipper looks to supplement a prestigious reappearance success in the Grade 3 Silver Trophy at Chepstow in the two mile four and a half furlong handicap hurdle and the classy looking Sebastopol returns to action in the race the better known as the Gerry Feilden Hurdle.
Another unknown quantity, Adrimel, looks poised to try and add to his debut success over hurdles in the very near future and there several likely sorst waiting in the wings.
Yes No Maybe So has been the early flagbearer with a string of improved performance which resulted in a four-timer and he has earned a mid-season break as Lacey contemplates a possible spring attack at Aintree.
From a select team, Tom kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those he hopes will help him prosper further in the coming months.