The 2023/24 jumps season may be brand new but Jack Hobbs has been quick off the mark with another four-year-old bumper winner. Miss Applejack, trained by Charlie Longsdon and bred by Mrs Marriott, earned a Great British Bonus when winning at Ludlow on her second start under rules.

Her success follows that on 22 April of Mrs Tabitha, another filly from the first crop of Jack Hobbs, who scored at Bangor-on-Dee on her debut for her breeder Johnny Weatherby of Preston Lodge Stud. Out of Hunca Munca, Mrs Tabitha is a half-sister to the Grade 1-winning chaser Presenting Percy.

Over the weekend, Jack Hobbs was also represented by another point-to-point winner in Ireland. The four-year-old Irelands Call, bred by Martin and Rachel Hill, won the three-mile maiden at Grennan for Donnchadh Doyle. He joins Intense Approach and Jack N Jones as winners between the flags, bringing Jack Hobbs’ point-to-point record in Ireland to three winners and two placed horses from just six runners.