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Cheltenham Festival 2020

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I see there are a few birthdays highlighted in the Racing Post today.  Vinnie Jones is 46 and he has had horses with John Gosden.  I can imagine if you trained a horse for Vinnie and you told him that you though his horse will win one day, you might get a reply of, "John it will win!".  You would not want to argue with Vinnie!  It is also Channel 4 's Alice Plunkett's 38th birthday.  A few years ago Peter Scudamore had a clothes catalogue out.  Believe it or not I was one of the models for the catalogue and so was Alice.  I saw her in her underwear in the Pond House kitchen!  I must say she did look better than Scu with her clothes off!

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I think the ground description on the chase course at Leicester seems to cover all angles.  It is described as good, good to firm in places and soft on the flat crossings so if you have a bet on any of the chase races today you should get some ground that your horse likes!  Different types of ground is probably the worst that a horse can run on I think.  You imgaine jumping from firm ground onto soft or the other way round.  I tried it the other day and it does jar you up a bit!  In all seriousness Leicester has to pass an 8.30am inspection for racing to go ahead today so lets keep our fingers crossed it does.

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What a great start to 2011 for the stable with the horses running well on Saturday.  Ashkazar led home a 1, 2, 3 for David in the 3 mile handicap hurdle at Cheltenham, carrying top weight of 11st12lb.  He stayed on very nicely up the hill on his first try at 3 miles under Timmy Murphy to finish just in front of Junior and Chartreux who both ran fine races.  Ashkazar has always been a top class horse and at 20/1 I wish I had a few pennies on him, I actually backed the other two each way so did not do any damage!  I'msingingtheblues was a good fourth in the Victor Chandler handicap chase over 2m5f.  He had every chance jumping the last fence but did not finish quite as fast as the others up the hill, nevertheless it was a super run.  

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It's a big day at Plumpton with their top meeting of the season taking place and the Sussex National topping the bill.  We won the feature race last year with the progressive stayer Master Overseer and he bids to follow-up this afternoon from a 6lbs higher mark.  We also have dual Southern National winner Peut Etre Sivola in the line-up so fingers crossed!  If you have never been to the Sussex track, it is well worth a visit - it is very much like being back in the East end with all the cockney's there!  Jellied eels and curries all feature prominently at the track and the train stops right outside so us Londoner's don't get lost!

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Welcome to 2011!  I wonder how many people have already broken their New Year's Resolutions?  My first one was to stop backing West Ham just because they are my team - I will probably break that one later on today when they take on Wolves at home.  The biggest price available is 21/20, although Wolves did look good against a very poor Liverpool team last time.

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The stable is in great form following a treble at Taunton yesterday afternoon.  Lucy's Perfect started the ball rolling under an inspired Tom Scudamore ride, rallying on the run-in to get back past A P McCoy on Mizzurka having been headed at the last.  Tom was very pleased to get the better of the champ in a driving finish - it is not very often that anyone can say they have done that!  Dream Esteem finished a close second in the handicap hurdle under a big weight (conceding a stone to the winner), before Dynaste won the big race of the day.  He was providing conditional jockey Conor O'Farrell with his first winner in this country - Conor looked very strong and I can see him riding a few more winners yet.

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Wow!  Can you remember the last time that Pond House produced a 50/1 winner?  Well African Broadway won the concluding bumper at Newbury yesterday afternoon at that price under Johnny Farrelly.  There was no semblance of fluke about it either as the ex-Irish point-to-pointer came through the gloom sixteen lengths clear of the remainder of the field.  Johnny said that he was a nice stayer in the making, but judging by the way he won yesterday, there are a few more races to be won with him over two miles.

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