Cheltenham Festival 2018

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The good news is that Bangor have passed their early morning inspection and racing goes ahead meaning there are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Cheltenham, Doncaster and Bangor over the sticks as well as an all-weather Chelmsford City.  David has three runners at Cheltenham; Abracadabra Sivola, Champers On Ice (pictured above) and Taj Badalandabad (easier to write than say!), while The Draconian and Tis What It Is run at Bangor.

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Following the abandonment of Warwick and Newcastle this morning, there are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with Taunton hosting a jumps card and Chelmsford City with their all-weather flat fixture.  The card at Taunton looks to be a good one and features the rescheduled Peterborough Chase from Huntingdon's abandoned meeting of last week.  David has plenty of runners at our local track; Friday Night Light, Miss Tynte, Tobacco Road (pictured above), Vaniteux and Midnight Magic.

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Today there are three meetings taking place, although sadly none of them are over the jumps following the abandonments of Leicester and Hexham.  Indeed, all of the action is on the all-weather from Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Kempton.  Forgive me if I do not get overexcited!  The good news is that Taunton is looking likely to go ahead tomorrow where they host the rescheduled Peterborough Chase.  The temperatures in the west country have been really mild, so let's hope that continues, unlike in Shropshire where the temperature dipped to -13ºc - that was colder than Moscow!

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Sadly it is a blank day for jumps fans as Ayr have failed their early morning inspection due to the frost.  That leaves us with two meetings on the all-weather at Lingfield and Wolverhampton, although the card from Wolverhampton is subject to a 10am inspection - let's hope that gets the go ahead.  It is better news for Taunton however as the prestigious Peterborough Chase is due to be held on their card on Thursday, hopefully the temperatures will pick up a bit over the next few days.  Obviously Peterborough is nowhere near Taunton - perhaps it should be renamed the Wellington Chase?!  I bet that idea would soon get the boot!

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     Ramses De Teille runs at Fontwell

Today hopefully we have two meetings, a jumps card at Fontwell plus and all-weather meeting at Southwell.  I would have thought the trade description people could do Southwell as there is an 8am inspection on the all-weather!  David has one runner at Fontwell, Ramses De Teille in the 2.15pm handicap chase.  He won on heavy last time out at Chepstow by 17 lengths but he has gone up 15 pounds for that win so he has got to improve again.  The step up in trip should be okay and we look to have a favourites chance of winning.  Tom Scu rides.

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There are just two jumps cards taking place this afternoon with the action coming from Huntingdon and Kelso.  David has two runners at Huntingdon; River Dun and The Draconian.  River Dun has her first start for the stable in the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at 12.25pm.  She has next to no weight to carry and has bits and pieces of form that would give her a chance from a mark of 88, although she would need to improve on most recent efforts.  The Draconian contests the novices' hurdle at 12.55pm and would need to improve on what he has shown so far to figure.  Michael Heard takes the ride aboard both of our runners this afternoon.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Sandown, Wetherby, Aintree and Chepstow as well as an all-weather flat card from Wolverhampton.  David has runners at Aintree and Wetherby today.  Vieux Lion Rouge bids to make it back to back wins in the Becher Chase over 3m2f of the Grand National fences at 1.30pm.  It is a race worth £145,000, so as you would expect, it is massively competitive.  I really rate our runner, even though he is 10lbs higher in the weights than last year - he must go well under Tom Scu.  We also run Rathlin Rose over the National fences (2m5f) at 3.10pm - he finished a good third on his seasonal reappearance and can also go well.

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