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Mon Jul 23
Cartmel
Thu Jul 26
Worcester
Fri Jul 27
Uttoxeter

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with action coming on the flat from Ayr, Windsor and Beverley and over the jumps at Cartmel.  The best prize money on offer is at Cartmel so well done to them.  The best of our runners over the weekend was Chato who finished third in the 3m2½f handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot yesterday.  I thought he was going to win two out but he could only muster the one pace, even so he was beaten less than 5 lengths and this was another decent effort trying to concede 11lbs to the winner.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newton Abbot and Stratford and a flat card from Redcar.  David has runners at both jumps meetings today with Tom Scudamore taking the rides aboard Kalifourchon and Chato at Newton Abbot, while David Noonan heads to Stratford where he gets the leg-up aboard Take The High Road (pictured above).

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It has been a damp start to the morning with a much needed 5mm of rain overnight.  There is a busy day ahead with no fewer than seven meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Haydock, Lingfield, Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon as well as a couple of jumps fixtures from Market Rasen and Cartmel.  Tom Scudamore travels to Cartmel where he has picked up three outside rides.  There is a 2m5f Listed handicap chase there worth £50,000 up for grabs so well done to the course for putting on some decent racing, especially at this time of year.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although we will be represented at Newton Abbot tomorrow.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon and they are all on the level with the action coming from Newbury, Haydock, Nottingham, Hamilton, Pontefract and Newmarket.  Talking of the flat, you have to feel sorry for the ground staff at Bath where there is no watering system in place.  They have a meeting at the course next Wednesday and the ground (which is officially described as 'firm' at present) is so bad that six of the seven races on the card have had to be reopened as there were not enough entries.  Silvestre de Sousa says that he has never ridden on ground so quick, not even in South America.  I know this has been an exceptional summer, but I don't understand why they don't race there at the beginning and end of the flat season when the weather is usually more changeable.

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It was a case of so near but yet so far at Uttoxeter yesterday afternoon as Timeforben was narrowly denied in the staying handicap hurdle.  She looked the most likely winner for much of the way but could not quite get past Kiwayu after the last.  Nonetheless, she was trying to concede 10lbs to the winner so this was a very good effort and another personal best.  She is on a mark of 114 now and I just hope that the handicapper does not overreact.  She has plenty of ability and should continue to be competitive so long as she remains on a sensible mark.   winning pointer back in Ireland, she also has the option of going chasing at some point.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Catterick, Lingfield,  Yarmouth and Wolverhampton as well as a jumps card from Uttoxeter.  David has two runners today at Uttoxeter; Timeforben (pictured above) and Druide Premier.  Timeforben contests the 2m7½f handicap hurdle at 3.50pm having won two of her last three starts.  She was a ready winner at Worcester last time out on good ground and a 5lbs rise in the weights is not unreasonable - this is a competitive little race but she should go well once again.  Druide Premier runs in the bumper at 4.50pm.  He finished a good third at Newton Abbot on his racecourse debut and will have learned a great deal for that experience.  Tom Scudamore is aboard the pair.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Beverley, Chelmsford City, Bath and Thirsk, while there is a flat fixture from Worcester.  Although there are no runners from Pond House today, stable jockeys Tom Scudamore and David Noonan have picked up rides at Worcester.  If they need to lose any weight, apparently all the jockeys have to do is sit in the weighing room...they say it gets that hot in there.

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