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Thu Feb 28
Ludlow, Taunton
Fri Mar 01
Doncaster, Newbury
Sat Mar 02
Doncaster, Kelso, Newbury

The Grand National 2019

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon, all of them over the sticks with the action coming from Chepstow, Ludlow and Sedgefield.  David has two runners at Chepstow today; New Age Dawning and Buster Edwards who both contest the 2m7½f novices' hurdle at 3.25pm.  Tom Scudamore is aboard New Age Dawning and he finished runner-up in an Irish point-to-point before landing a bumper on his debut for the stable.  He was a runner-up to a subsequent winner last time over half a mile shorter and this longer distance should suit.  He looks to have solid each way claims at odds of around 13/2.  Buster Edwards is our other runner in the race and he ran well when runner-up on his debut for the yard.  He will need to have improved for his first start in 548 days as he faces some promising rivals.  David Noonan is in the saddle.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Haydock, Chepstow and Market Rasen.  David has two runners today as Midnight Magic contests the staying handicap chase at Chepstow at 2.50pm and Glen Vine runs in the maiden hurdle at 4.00pm.  Midnight Magic posted a good first effort over fences when only beaten four lengths into fourth at Ffos Las and if he can find a little more experience with that run under his belt, he should certainly be in the picture.  David Noonan is in the saddle.  Glen Vine was a very promising second in a bumper on his racecourse debut and again ran with credit on his first start over timber at Exeter last time.  There are a couple in the line-up with some smart form but our son of Gaspara looks to have sound each way claims under Tom Scudamore

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What a great result yesterday at Plumpton as First Lord de Cuet bolted up in the concluding bumper.  Up with the pace throughout, he quickened clear under David Noonan turning for home and the result was never in doubt.  I couldn't believe that he was allowed to go off at 7/4 having been odds-on in the morning.  I did say that I thought he would win and the price was a bonus...lovely jubbly!  Our two runners at Exeter also performed creditably with Hot Ryan running her best race to date to finish third in the 2m7f mares' handicap hurdle, whilst Barranco Valley finished a close fourth on his first outing in over 1,200 days - both look capable of winning races very soon.

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What a great success for Poker Play (pictured above) at Uttoxeter on Saturday to land the highly competitive 2m4f handicap hurdle at odds of 16/1.  He loved the heavy ground and absolutely bolted up under Tom Scudamore.  He is clearly going to make a very useful chaser, especially when the mud is flying.  The Angove's were listening to the commentary somewhere over Greenland on their way back to the United States having been over for last week's Cheltenham Festival - I bet it made the journey much shorter!

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Carlisle and Ffos Las.  David has two runners at Ffos Las with Max do Brazil and Van Gogh du Granit.  Max do Brazil contests the 2m4f handicap hurdle at 3.35pm.  He has to carry 11-0 and while his profile is a little in and out, he does have some reasonable form in the book and is not without a chance under Tom Scudamore.  Van Gogh du Granit makes his debut for the stable in the 3m handicap chase at 4.10pm - a prolific winner in France, he missed a run in the cross country chase at Cheltenham last week when he missed the cut by one.  The ground at both courses is officially heavy and there are only small fields at Carlisle.  It is a stiff track with an uphill finish and the horses are likely to be walking from the last.  If you are thinking of having a wager, make sure that your selection is a strong stayer.

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I am now recovering from four great days in our Cheltenham Festival hospitality marquee.  What a fantastic week it has been and I hope all of our guests and supporters enjoyed it as much as we have.  Early Doors won the Martin Pipe conditional jockeys' race to round the meeting off under a great ride from Jonjo O'Neill Jr.  Mind you, I had mixed feelings as I backed Dallas des Pictons who finished second!  Martin presented the prizes to winning connections (pictured above) and they all looked very happy - it just goes to show what a winner at the Festival means to everyone.

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          Me, Rod & Penny Yesterday!

Today we have four meetings with Cheltenham of course taking centre stage on Gold Cup day.  There are also cards at Fakenham over the sticks and at Lingfield and Chelmsford on the flat.  Eamon An Cnoic ran a cracker at Cheltenham yesterday to finish fourth not beaten very far.  I thought at two out he was going to win but I did say he had each way claims.  There were certainly lots of close finishes throughout the day and it was a wonderful days action.  I wonder if anyone found the first three horses home in the mares novices' hurdle.  They were 50/1, 66/1 and 40/1.  Some people in our marquee must of as there seemed to be a lot of cheering!

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