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Newton Abbot

Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Sandown, Yarmouth, Doncaster and Newbury as well as a jumps card from Worcester.  David has a runner today as Chic Theatre takes in the two mile handicap hurdle at 5.05pm.  He was a winner at Market Rasen from this mark in December but has disappointed of late, including on this track last time out.  He is more than capable of running well if putting his best foot forward under Tom Scudamore.  Tom and David Noonan have both picked up some outside rides on the rest of the card.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon, once again all on the level with the action coming from Bath, Lingfield, Catterick, Sandown and Leicester.  It sounds obvious, but one of the most important rules for me when backing horses is making sure that the trainer and jockey are in good form.  Jockey Seamus Cronin has won on five of his last six mounts - it doesn't get an awful lot better than that!

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I see that details of next season's fixture list have been unveiled and there are going to be more meetings than ever before as well as record prize money levels, with a focus on increasing the prize money in the lower grade races.  It is about time something was done to address this so well done to the governing body for that, although whether it is enough only time will tell.  I see they have taken a little heed of what has been said about the end of the season coming too hot on the heels of the old with a week long break after the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown now on the cards.  Do you remember years ago when they had over a month off and the new season started at Newton Abbot?  Everyone came back refreshed and raring to go and the Palace Hotel in Torquay was full up.  Sadly that hotel closed last month,  how times change (and not always for the better).

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Ayr, Windsor and Beverley, while if you are a fan of the jumps you are going to have to travel a long way north as the only National Hunt fixture is from Cartmel.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today.  There was a thrilling finish to the Group 2 contest at Maisons-Laffitte yesterday with the first three home all British trained.  There was a steward's inquiry regarding the fourth home who was trained in France - I was surprised they did not kick the first three out...they seem to have some funny rules over there and they often seem to favour the home-trained runners!

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Redcar, while there are two jumps fixtures from Newton Abbot and Stratford. Stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a few outside rides at Stratford and a couple of them look to have decent chances.  I see that Simon Holt has agreed with me that there needs to be shorter gaps between races.  I know it would put a strain on trainers and stable staff but I am sure it is possible - I know, I have saddled up thousands of runners in my time.  As things stand, the whole process seemingly takes too long for the younger generation who seem to like a 'quick fix'.

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There is a busy day of action ahead with no less than seven meetings taking place.  There is flat action from Newbury, Newmarket, Ripon, Haydock and Lingfield, and yes, two jumps cards from Market Rasen and Cartmel.  Lingfield once again are offering just £30,000 across their seven race card - I'm sorry, but for a Saturday that is just downright poor.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a couple of outside rides at Market Rasen and they look as though they have it to do, while Conor O'Farrell has one ride at Cartmel, although I don't think I will be testing the 'one ride theory' today.

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I'm afraid you are out of luck if you are a fan of the jumps again today.  There are six meetings taking place but they are all on the level with the action coming from Newbury, Haydock, Nottingham, Hamilton, Newmarket and Pontefract.  With a dearth of jumps fixtures, it is unsurprising that there are no runners from Pond House today.  Let's hope there is no controversy at any of the meetings like there was yesterday at Killarney.  The stewards there took the remarkable decision to void the race 20 minutes after it had finished...lots of bookmakers on and off course had already paid out.

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