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Wed Aug 21
Perth, Market Rasen
Wed Aug 21
Worcester
Thu Aug 22
Perth, Market Rasen

Cheltenham Festival 2020

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Entries & Recent Form

Businessmoney_Judi_Towcester

The stable enjoyed another winner last night at Towcester when Businessmoney Judi obliged in the mare's novices' hurdle under A P McCoy.  The champ had to sit tight at the third hurdle as Saras Smile swerved violently left and deposited Grand National winning jockey Jason Maguire, nearly taking us out in the process.  A P did well to keep the partnership intact, nevermind drive her out for a 3/4 length victory over previous winner The Strawberry One...I guess that is why he is the champ, he manages to win races that no other jockey would be able to.  It was an excellent training performance from David to produce Businessmoney Judi to win on her first start for the yard, and I am sure that the owners were delighted - I understand that it is their first winner for around five years, so very well done to them!

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As you can imagine, the newspapers are full of what they can do about making the Grand National safer.  One of the problems I see is that despite watering,  the ground was very quick and in turn the horses tended to go quicker on it.  Personally I am not one for artificially altering the going with water - I think that the winning horse should be the one that handles the prevailing conditions best on the day...I am not advocating horses running on road-like ground, but there are some horses out there that like faster ground.

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GN_JOckeys

I must say that I agree with Paul Nicholls – the press reporting from Aintree was a disgrace.   I know that they are trying to sell newspapers, but turning the Grand National into a horror story is just sensationalist nonsense. Personally I blame the sports editors; afterall they are in charge of the content of the back pages…or are they?! I am sure that most of the articles written are by non-sports writers who haven’t the first idea about the sport they are covering and are looking to have a go at every opportunity. If I were a leading trainer there are certainly a few newspapers that I would not be talking to in the future.

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I would just like to start by saying well done to all connections and  Ballabriggs for a fantastic performance in winning the Grand National.  Jason Maguire gave the Donald McCain trained runner a great ride and as far as I could see he only had one little scare the whole way round and apart from that he was awesome at his fences. He appeared to be a little wobbly after crossing the line due to exertions but I was glad to hear he had soon recovered when back in the stables.  It was wonderful for Donald to win the great race after the families long association with the race and he seems like a nice really nice chap.  Oscar Time and Sam Waley-Cohen came to challenge on the long run in but could not get past and Don't Push It ran another fine race to finish third carrying top weight.  I do hope all the winning connections were enjoying some celebrations last night!  I am pleased to report that all of our runners came back from Aintree safe and sound. 

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David got off the mark at Aintree with Battle Group yesterday.  Barry Geraghty took over on board after poor Tom Scudamore was injured earlier in the day.  Tom unfortuantely dislocated his shoulder when The Giant Bolster fell and will of course be out of action for a few weeks.  Get well soon Tom!  Tom was due to partner Or Noir De Somoza in the Grand National and he will now be partnered by Barry Geraghty.  Dan Breen will now be ridden by Jason Maguire at Aintree in the Novices' chase and our only runner on Sunday, Bathwick Quest will now have Conor O'Farrell in the saddle.  Battle Group was winning his fifth and biggest race of the season after running a fine race in the Coral Cup at the Festival last month.  He is a sometimes quirky character but a very talented one and it was great to see him win such a valuable contest, we certainly wouldn't mind a few more horses like him! 

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Grands_Crus_Aintree_web

The horses ran creditably yesterday at Aintree with Grands Crus in particular putting up a gallant performance in defeat against the mighty Big Buck’s. The winner is surely one of the finest staying hurdlers for some time and to be clear second best to him is no mean achievement. Indeed, we were all thrilled with him and we went to celebrate with part owner Roger Stanley in the bar afterwards. Grands Crus is clearly a tip-top staying hurdler and will be a really exciting prospect when sent over fences.

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Well, at last it is the start of the three day Grand National meeting at Aintree - all of the National Hunt stars will be out in force over the coming few days, and what a way to kick off proceedings than with Big Buck's versus Grands Crus rematch?  It should certainly be an exciting contest and let's hope that both contenders give their true running and provide us with another race to remember.  I think the track will suit our charge, although he would still appreciate a softer surface to show his very best form.  I am sure that Big Buck's will be beaten one day, it would just be nice if it was our fellow that was able to do it...remember Cheltenham form is often turned on it's head come Liverpool - either way, I can't wait to find out!

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