NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sun Mar 24
Carlisle, Exeter
Mon Mar 25
Wincanton
Tue Mar 26
Hereford, Hexham

The Grand National 2019

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The fog came down at Exeter yesterday making it very difficult to see, especially the final three races on the card.  Even so, Umbrigado shone out like a beacon in winning the NH novices' hurdle and is now unbeaten in three starts under rules and looks like a very nice prospect in the making.  He was cantering two out and stayed on well to win cosily despite still showing signs of inexperience.  He won't head to Cheltenham this year, but it is not difficult to see him ending up there in the future if he maintains this progression.  Poker Play ran much better, finishing runner-up in the Pertemps qualifier, only giving way in the final 75 yards and his turn near.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Exeter, Warwick and Catterick as well as flat cards from Lingfield and Chelmsford City.  It is going to be a busy day for the stable with five runners at Exeter today - Druide Premier, Poker Play, Stream Lady, Umbrigado and Aurillac.  Druide Premier contests the 2m7f handicap hurdle at 1.30pm.  Our six year old takes a step-up in trip for his handicap debut and a hood is applied for the first time.  Poker Play runs in the 2m7f handicap hurdle at 2.05pm and he has some decent placed form to his name although he would need to improve on his most recent outing.  Former Irish point winner Stream Lady goes in the mares' novices' hurdle at 2.40pm and she must be better than she has shown so far and could have each-way claims - there is a short-priced favourite in the race which makes ours an appealing price.  Umbrigado (pictured above) is unbeaten in both starts this season and he looks to have a solid chance in the NH novices' hurdle at 3.10pm at odds of around 6/1.  Our final runner is Aurillac, who contest the Devon National at 4.20pm.  He finished fourth behind Samuel Jackson last time but was staying on really well in the closing stages and looks sure to appreciate this marathon trip.  It would be no surprise to see him go well at odds of around 12/1.  Tom Scudamore is aboard all five of our runners today.

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There is a busy day ahead with five meetings taking place.  There are jumps fixtures from Huntingdon and Sedgefield as well as all-weather flat fixtures from Southwell, Wolverhampton and Chelmsford City.  There are no runners from Pond House today although stable jockey Tom Scudamore makes the long journey to Sedgefield for just one outside ride.  I don't think I will be testing the one ride theory today.

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         Airton - Winner at Taunton

What a result at Taunton yesterday for the stable with Airton winning first time out over hurdles in the novice hurdle.  He jumped very well and was backed early from 33/1 down to 20/1 and I did say he had each way claims yesterday morning!  He looks a good buy from the Newmarket October sales at £14,000.  There is a half share in him still available so if anyone is interested please do get in touch!  He also looks like he will appreciate a longer trip over hurdles in time as he did win over 2 miles on the flat.  He is not over big but he has a very likeable attitude and hopefully there is plenty more to come.  I bet there were a few drinks and celebrations in owner Keith Webb's own pub last night!!

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Taunton and Wetherby as well as an all-weather flat fixture from Wolverhampton.  David runs Airton and Ourmullion at Taunton and Picture Painter on the all-weather at Wolverhampton.  Airton and Ourmullion both contest the 2m½f novices' hurdle at 2.40pm.  Airton, a decent stayer on the flat makes his hurdling debut this afternoon and has schooled well at home - he could have place claims at odds of around 10/1 under Tom Scudamore although I would imagine that he may want more of a test of stamina in time.  Ourmullion needs to improve on what he has shown in two efforts to date with David Noonan on board.  Picture Painter contests the 1m4f amateur riders flat handicap at 5.30pm and he looks to have a decent chance based on his most recent effort when third on this course over two furlongs further.  The form has been franked by the winner scoring again since and he should go well under Fergus Gillard.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Carlisle and Lingfield as well as an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  David has one runner today as Exeter bumper winner New Age Dawning (pictured above) makes his hurdling debut at Lingfield in the 2m3½f novices' hurdle at 3.15pm.  It does look like a decent contest but our gelding put up a good performance first time out and this step-up in trip should suit based on his form in Irish point-to-points.  He looks to have decent claims under Tom Scudamore.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Huntingdon and Market Rasen.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although stable jockey Tom Scudamore travels to Huntingdon for one outside ride.  Over at Market Rasen, I notice that there is a two runner novices' chase which is worth almost £14,000 so you only have to school around there to earn some good prize money.  Whatever tweaks were made to the novices' chase programme clearly haven't worked if this is any kind of barometer.

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