Monet’s Garden has settled quickly back into life at Greystoke, following his return home last Thursday from a two-month stay in Oaklands Veterinary Centre with a life-threatening hoof infection.

“The first thing he did was squeal and roll in his box,” said his owner David Wesley Yates, adding that the horse was “95% sound”.

“He has been so well looked-after and he looks in great order.”

In fact, the triple Grade One winner is on such good form that connections deliberately staged a quiet homecoming.

He would have loved a rowdy welcome,” Mr Wesley Yates told H&H. “But we have to be careful he doesn’t hurt himself, so we kept his arrival really quiet. His tendon was damaged with the infection, yet he is feeling very fresh. But he needs plenty of rest and walking in-hand.”

Monet’s Garden’s return has brought good luck to the Cumbria yard.

“Thursday was a good day, I had a winner at Kelso, Premier Sagas, and on the way home I dropped in at Greystoke to see Monet’s Garden,” said Mr Wesley Yates. “On Saturday another of Nicky’s runners, Skippers Brig, won at Haydock.”