NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat Nov 17
Cheltenham, Uttoxeter, Wetherby
Sun Nov 18
Cheltenham, Fontwell
Sun Nov 18
Goffs November Sale

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    King's Socks (nearside) Runs Today

There are five meetings today with the feature at Cheltenham and also racing at Uttoxeter and Wetherby over jumps and flat cards at Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  David has five runners at Cheltenham and one at Uttoxeter.  Daklondike is the first runner of the day in the 1.50pm at Cheltenham, a 3m3f handicap chase.  This is a very competitve race and Daklondike is having his first run of the season.  He has won two of his last three starts and pulled up at Punchetown on his last start after making a bad mistake when just moving into contention.  He would probably have preferred a bit more rain and he is a big price in the Racing Post.  He has small each way claims with Tom Scu in the saddle.  King's Socks runs in the big race of the day, the 2.25pm Betvictor Gold Cup.  He only carries 10st 4lb and he ran a very good race at the Festival back in March.  He has high class French form, he is in good form at home and we are hopeful of a good run.  Eamon An Cnoic also runs in this race and although a big price he would not be without an each way chance.  He ran a great race at the Festival before he did not last out the 3m1f trip and a similar run would see him be competitive this afternoon with David Noonan on board.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with the highlight of course being day one of the Cheltenham November meeting.  There is another jumps card at Newcastle supported by a couple of flat fixtures from Lingfield and Wolverhampton but really it is all about Cheltenham.  David has one runner this afternoon as Jacbequick (pictured above) contests the 2m½f handicap hurdle at 1.15pm - it is a very tight race with twenty runners and plenty of them in with realistic chances.  He was a good winner last time out at Fakenham on good ground, although this is more competitive and he runs from an 8lbs higher mark.  Even so, he looks like he is improving over timber and has each-way claims at decent odds under Tom Scudamore.  His is a real 'feel good' story as he has already come so far from being bought out of a Beverley claimer on the flat in August...let's hope the fairytale continues here.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards outnumbered by the all-weather flat fixtures!  The action comes from Southwell, Chelmsford City and Kempton on the all-weather, while there are a couple of jumps meetings from Taunton and Ludlow.  David has one runner today as Great Tempo competes in the 2m5f amateur riders' handicap hurdle at Ludlow at 4.00pm.  Our five year old has won on heavy ground and put up some decent efforts over fences earlier in the season - he resumes over timber from a slightly lower mark and young Fergus Gillard takes 7lbs off his back.  There are no runners from Pond House at Taunton but both Tom Scudamore and David Noonan have picked up outside rides at the meeting.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Bangor, Exeter and Ayr as well as a flat card from Kempton.  David has two runners at Exeter; Orchard Thieves and Mrs Miggins.  Orchard Thieves (pictured above) contests the 2m5½f novices' hurdle at 1.00pm.  He finished runner-up in an Irish point-to-point which worked out well, before winning his first start for the stable in a Worcester novices' hurdle on the back of a long lay-off, beating a useful rival.  This is a competitive looking race and he does have to concede a penalty to some decent rivals.  He stays and will handle the going, although any additional rain will aid his chances - I thought he had each-way claims under Tom Scudamore.  Mrs Miggins runs in the mares' novices' hurdle at 4.15pm over 2m2½f.  She has finished in the frame on two of her three starts and is another with place prospects at a decent price.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Hereford, Lingfield and Huntingdon supported by an all-weather flat card from Chelmsford City.  All three jumps cards carry more prize money than the flat fixture.  David has two runners today at Hereford; Duc de Beauchene who contests the 2m NH novices' hurdle at 2.00pm and Picture Painter who runs in the 2m5½f handicap hurdle at 3.00pm.  Duc de Beauchene ran with promise on his hurdling debut at Chepstow last time but will need to improve again to land this under Barry Geraghty, whilst Picture Painter was a winner on his penultimate start and does not look harshly treated from a mark just 4lbs higher.  I thought he had a little each way squeak at a decent price - David Noonan takes the ride.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up four outside rides at Lingfield.

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I thought that Remastered (pictured above) was a really impressive winner of the two mile novices' hurdle at Ffos Las yesterday afternoon.  He jumped really well for his hurdling debut and he looks like a chaser in the making.  In the meantime, I reckon it is going to take a very good horse to beat him, especially when there is plenty of cut in the ground.  He also looks like he will have little trouble getting further.  It was the quickest time of the day and he rates an exciting prospect.  Over at Sandown, Rathlin Rose performed creditably on his seasonal debut in the veterans' chase to finish fourth, although he would probably have preferred a softer surface and may be a bit sharper next time out.  I think these veterans' races are a great idea - they are well funded, competitive and give these older campaigners a chance of winning a decent race without fear of bumping into a progressive youngster who is ahead of the handicapper.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon although the good news is that they are both jumps fixtures with the action coming from Sandown and Ffos Las.  David has a runner at both meetings with Rathlin Rose contesting the 3m veteran's chase at Sandown at 3.25pm and Remastered making his hurdling debut in the 2m novices' hurdle at Ffos Las at 1.25pm.  Rathlin Rose (pictured above) makes his seasonal debut this afternoon and is only 4lbs higher than when winning one of these contests at Ascot in March.  He goes especially well at Sandown and looks to have decent claims under David Noonan.  Tom Scudamore is aboard our Ffos Las runner; Remastered who looked a most promising type when beating a good yardstick on his debut for the stable in a Chepstow bumper last season.  Our five year old is an exciting novices' hurdler in the making and a big run is expected.

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