ANTHONY Honeyball’s Duhallow Gesture got up to secure victory in the Mares Novice Hurdle at Taunton with Aidan Coleman on board.

Duhallow Gesture’s win helped boost Honeyball’s yard after a testing festive period.

The Mosterton trainer, speaking on his official website, felt his charges were now “back on track”.

He said: “The victory of Duhallow Gesture in the Mares Novice Hurdle at Taunton on Monday under Aidan Coleman was a big boost for the yard after a tricky couple of months while the horses have been on the easy list.

“It feels great to be back on track. We can hopefully start to make up for lost time with plenty of interesting runners in the next week or so now that the cold snap is over.

“Duhallow Gesture is a classy little mare who had run very well against some smart opposition at Newbury before just failing to win at Lingfield late in November when a number of ours were running below par.

“So it was good to see her bounce back at Taunton with a timely success from the front in a race that offered prize money of almost £9,000 to the winner.

“Duhallow Gesture has a lovely attitude, jumps slickly and is well related and I admit I am tempted to aim her at the Mares Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

“It is a race framed for quality mares and she surely deserves her chance at this level.

“She had excellent bumper form and is now progressing nicely over hurdles.

“It was fun to be racing again after a tricky few days following the blizzard on Thursday evening and further snow on Friday.

“To make sure our gallops stayed open I took turns with Harry Fry, Jeremy and Jack Barber at the wheel of the tractor harrowing the all-weather surface.

“With the heater on full blast and plenty of good music on the radio my stint between midnight and 3.30 seemed to fly by.

“The hardest part in the morning was getting our horses to the gallop along the roads packed with snow but we eventually managed to find a way through.”