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Thu Aug 29
Fontwell, Sedgefield
Fri Aug 30
Bangor
Sat Aug 31
Newton Abbot

Cheltenham Festival 2020

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Brighton and a jumps fixtures from Worcester.  There is one runner from the Pond House team this afternoon with Hot Ryan contesting the 2m7f handicap hurdle at 3.40pm.  She was a course and distance winner last time out and is 5lbs higher in the weights for that success.  She is reopposed by the runner-up from that day and there should be little between them once again.  With conditions to suit, she looks to have a good chance under stable jockey Tom Scudamore.

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There is a busy day ahead with no less than seven meetings taking place.  Six of those are on the level with the action coming from Sandown, Beverley, Chester, Wolverhampton, Chelmsford City and Lingfield, whilst there is a jumps fixture at one of our local tracks, Newton Abbot.  David has three runners at Newton; Timeforben, Teaser and Midnight Magic.  Timeforben is our first runner and she contests the 2m5½f handicap hurdle at 3.05pm and although there are only six runners, the bookmakers make the outsider a 6/1 chance so it is clearly a tight little race.  Our runner has won around the track before and loves good ground.  She has been a little disappointing in recent outings but if she were anywhere near her best she would have a chance under Tom Scudamore.

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Both runners at Sedgefield ran very well yesterday with Stream Lady winning the novices' handicap chase, whilst Ourmullion was a close third in the handicap hurdle.  I thought that Strem Lady jumped particularly well on only her second start over fences to score a shade cosily.  She was 3lbs ahead of the handicapper here and will pick up a penalty for this success so I would not be at all surprised to see her turned out again shortly.  This was an excellent result for the stable, not least because she is owned by Geoff Thompson who sponsors the stable through W&S Recycling.  Meanwhile, Ourmullion continues to run well and this was the seventh consecutive time he has reached the frame.  The burden of 12-4 was just beyond him and he remains a few pounds too high following his success at Newton Abbot earlier in the season.  The trouble is that he will get little respite from the handicapper whilst he continues to run creditably.

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Despite it being a miserable evening at Worcester yesterday, Miss Tynte (pictured above) was able to lift the gloom when running out an easy 14 length winner of the concluding mares' handicap hurdle.  Clearly appreciating the rain-softened ground, she quickened right away in the closing stages to win in good style under Tom Scudamore.  It was a good performance from a mark 5lbs higher than her last winning rating and she can win again based on this evidence, especially if turned out again under a penalty before she can be reassessed by the handicapper.  It is great to see the yard continuing in good form.

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Van Gogh du Granit ran a typically gutsy race to finish fourth in the Grand Steeplechase des Flandres at Waregem in Belgium yesterday afternoon, picking up almost £7,000 in prize money in the process.  He was the best of the Brits and he took to the unusual fences very well under David Noonan.  Our ten year old has certainly been busy, but he seems to thrive on his work and he looks very well this morning.  He is already back in the yard (and enjoying a well-deserved pick of grass in one of our paddocks), which begs the question...where is the trainer?!  Still having a good time no doubt!  Anyway, Van Gogh could run in the Pardabuce in the Czech Republic in October and is becoming something of a world traveller.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with all the action coming on the level from Epsom, Ripon, Musselburgh and Bath.  Whilst David doesn't have any runners on these shores, he does have one at Waregem in Belgium at 3.33pm...not a lot of people know that!  It is the valuable Grand Steeplechase des Flandres or the Belgian Grand National as it is otherwise known.  It is a 2m7f handicap chase run on a sharp right-handed track over some large fences including an Irish bank and a water jump that goes across the Gaverbcek River in front of the stands.  David runs top weight Van Gogh du Granit in the race and he was last seen finishing a good third in the Summer Plate.  Regular rider David Noonan is in the saddle and he looks set for an exciting ride.  I can see the pair going very well with a clear round.

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There are five meetings taking place on this Bank Holiday Monday with flat cards from Ripon, Epsom, Chepstow and Southwell as well as a jumps fixture from Cartmel.  David has three runners at Cartmel; Teaser, Max do Brazil and Mr Clarkson and all three have been put in as favourites...let's hope the bookmakers are correct!  Progressive four year old Teaser (pictured above) runs in the 2m1½f handicap chase at 3.15pm.  His jumping is improving with experience and his age means that he claims a handy weight allowance so he has only 10-3 to carry and must go well under Tom Scudamore.  Max do Brazil has taken well to fences, winning two out of his three starts and he runs in the staying handicap chase at 3.50pm.  He bumped into a very well handicapped horse last time and with only 10-0 to carry he is another with solid chance under Tom Scu.  Mr Clarkson is our final runner of the day in the staying handicap hurdle at 5.10pm.  He was a good winner at the track last time but has more weight to carry as a consequence.  Regular rider David Noonan is in the saddle in this competitive contest.

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