John Whitaker will be back in saddle in March, after continuing to make good progress after the life-threatening brain haemorrhage he suffered in December.

“John’s feeling good and is improving by the day. He feels that he could ride now, but the doctors have told him to take a three-month break,” said his wife Clare. “The plan is to start competition again at the start of the outdoor season.”

Read exclusive interview with Clare Whitaker in Horse & Hound issued dated 1 February