IT must be the jumps season, because the decibel level of debate has been cranked right up.

While the flatties argue dully about whether Cracksman should or should not have a higher official rating than Enable, the arguments over the road at National Hunt Towers have gone into full histrionic mode after the revelation that Cue Card would have a new jockey for the Betfair Chase at Haydock, his trainer having decided “enough was enough” after a fall under regular rider Paddy Brennan in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.