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Sun Sep 24
Plumpton, Uttoxeter
Tue Sep 26
Warwick
Wed Sep 27
Perth

Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There are just two meetings today and they are both over the sticks at Plumpton and Uttoxeter.  Tom Scu has four rides at Plumpton and a couple look to have small chances.  I see that officials at Ayr are mystified by the water logging that forced the abandonment of their Gold Cup meeting.  You would have thought they could have found someone who could have sorted it out.  The track's next meeting is on 3rd October and they are talking about moving the flat fixture onto the hurdles course.  Only the other day Bath lost a days racing because of an infestation of chafer grubs.  Their two day meeting was rescheduled into one as they could only have races of 6 furlongs or shorter.  Sometimes nature wins!

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Today we have four meetings, all on the flat at Catterick, Newmarket, Newbury and Woverhampton.  There was supposed to be racing at Ayr as well but this meeting was called off yesterday due to waterlogging.  It means the entire three day meeting has been lost which is such a shame as well as the £700,000 prize money they had up for grabs.  The Newbury card looks an absolute cracker.  There are lots of runners and three Group races.  It is not often you have 17 runners in a Group 3 over 5 furlongs.  They go 5/1 the field but it might be better buying a lottery ticket!

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It is a quiet day for a Friday with just three cards taking place this afternoon.  There are flat cards from Newbury and Newcastle as well as a jumps card from Newton Abbot taking place.  David has one runner at our local track Newton Abbot as Bambi du Noyer contests the boys' handicap hurdle over 2m2½f at 4.10pm.  Our gelding has won five times in France and has reached the frame on each of his four starts for the stable to date - he deserves to go one better soon and will be partnered by David Noonan who takes 3lbs off his back.  Meanwhile, following the abandonment of Ayr yesterday due to waterlogging, officials have been left with little choice but to call off the second day of their fixture as well.

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This afternoon there are four meetings taking place with all of the action coming on the level at Ayr, Yarmouth, Pontefract and Chelmsford.  Unsurprisingly there are no runners from Pond House today.

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Today we have four meetings, three flat cards at Yarmouth, Sandown and Beverley plus a jumps card at Kelso.  I see Conor O'Farrell has three rides up at Kelso but all three are big prices.  I also see that Irish trainer Stephen McConville and his son Michael have had their bans reduced from four and five years to three years as they both admitted to giving their runner at the Cheltenham Festival this year 2 injections on race day, one of which was a tonic containing cobalt - a prohibited substance.  Both men claim they were unaware the injections were potentially performance enhancing.  Surely if that was the case, why give it to the horse?!

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with the action on coming on the flat from Yarmouth, Redcar, Chepstow and Newcastle.  David has a rare runner on the flat this afternoon as Work takes in the second division of the staying handicap at Chepstow at 5.25pm.  She was a winner over this trip last season at Chelmsford and while she has a higher handicap mark to deal with, she certainly won't be beaten for want of stamina.  Pat Dobbs is in the saddle once again and she has place claims at a decent price.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Carlisle and Brighton as well as a jumps card from Worcester.  It is not exactly great fare, although Worcester have managed to put up £64,000 in prize money which compares favourably to the flat cards so well done to them.  Although there are no runners from Pond House, stable jockeys Tom Scudamore, David Noonan and Michael Heard have all picked up outside rides at the track.

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