Jack Hobbs has already been represented by a number of bumper and point-to-point winners in Britain and Ireland and he notched his first winner over hurdles at Kelso on Saturday when Old Gregorian landed the two-mile maiden hurdle for Lucinda Russell. 

Bred by his owner Robert Gibbons, the four-year-old was runner-up on his previous start in a bumper back in April and took willingly to this new test to win by two and a half lengths. 

A member of the first crop of Jack Hobbs, Old Gregorian joins Mrs Tabitha, Intense Approach, Stungbythemaster and Miss Applejack on the list of winners for his sire under National Hunt rules, while Jack Hobbs’ winners between the flags include Irelands Call and Jack N Jones, and on the Flat the dual winner The Gadget Man was sold for 310,000gns to race on in Australia after achieving a rating of 91.