NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sun May 27
Fontwell, Kelso, Uttoxeter
Mon May 28
Cartmel, Huntingdon
Wed May 30
Cartmel, Warwick

Entries & Recent Form

There are three meetings taking place this afternoon, strangely all over the sticks with the action coming from Fontwell, Kelso and Uttoxeter.  David has one runner at Uttoxeter; Vaniteux who contests the 2m4f handicap chase at 3.40pm.  It is the Sir Stanley and Lady Clarke Challenge Trophy.  Sir Stanley and Lady Clarke were tremendous supporters at Pond House for many years and had some great horses that ran in their colours including the likes of Rolling Ball and Lord Relic - it would be fabulous if we could win the race run in their honour.  Vaniteux finished third last time and is dangerously handicapped on the best of his form - he wouldn't want too much rain however.

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The stable enjoyed a nice winner at Worcester last night as Orchard Thieves defied an absence of 825 days to make a winning debut under rules in the 2m7f novices hurdle, beating the odds-on favourite of Nicky Henderson.  He returned a massive 20/1 and I did say that his point-to-point second to Trainwreck had worked out well, with the winner now rated in the mid 130's.  He is certainly entitled to improve for the experience and for this first start in over two years and he clearly rates a useful prospect...a very good training performance from David.

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It is more like winter in Lambourn, where we are staying at present.  It has barely stopped raining over the last 24 hours, although I am told they had just 2mm overnight at Pond House where they seem to have escaped the worst of it.  There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Goodwood, Haydock, Bath and Pontefract as well as a jumps fixture from Worcester.  David has two runners at Worcester; last time out winner Whitley Neill and Orchard Thieves.  The ground has obviously eased the ground a little at Worcester and has altered from good/firm to good (good/soft in places).

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Easter Eric (pictured above) produced a creditable first effort when third in the bumper at Southwell yesterday evening.  This had the look of a decent contest for the time of year and he will certainly have learned plenty for this racecourse debut.  He is a well-bred individual and he looks like he should have little trouble winning something similar.  He handled the good ground well and didn't look as though he would be inconvenienced by it being quicker still.  This was a promising effort, something that was not lost on the Racing Post who made him their eyecatcher of the meeting.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Ayr, Yarmouth and Kempton as well as jumps fixtures from Warwick and Southwell.  David has one runner at Southwell; Easter Eric who contests the 8.35pm race at Southwell.  He is a homebred with a lovely pedigree but while there are only seven runners, it does look like a hot contest for this time of year.  Easter Eric goes nicely at home, but this will be a whole new experience for our four year old so we will see how he gets on..

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Nottingham, Ayr and Chepstow as well as a couple of meetings over the sticks at Hexham and Huntingdon.  There are no runners from Pond House today and it looks as though stable jockey Tom Scudamore will also be taking the day off, while David Noonan makes the long trip up to Hexham for one ride at 7.30pm. It's going to be a late night for David, so let's hope that it is worth it.  I see that Take To Heart, a winner yesterday at Towcester is due to go through the sales ring at Doncaster today.  The trainer could not get hold of the owner as she had other thing son her mind.  By the way, the owner is The Queen!

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Carlisle, Leicester, Redcar and Windsor as well as a jumps card from Towcester.  The most interesting race of the day as far I am concerned would have been the 1m4f seller at Leicester.  You may recall (I have only mentioned it once or twice!) that this was the track and distance from where we claimed Make A Stand.  The trouble is, there are only three runners and I am not sure that any of them are any good!  It is a shame that there are not more races of this type as it would certainly help the courses earn a bit of income, although with only three runners perhaps the trainers don't want them afterall?

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