NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Fri Sep 21
Newton Abbot
Sun Sep 23
Plumpton, Uttoxeter
Tue Sep 25
Warwick

Entries & Recent Form

Delirant won nicely at Newton Abbot yesterday which was nice for owner JP McManus and the whole team.  He was a bit lively before the race but Tom got him nicely settled towards th back of the field and gradually crept closer.  When Tom asked him to quicken after a bit of a slow jump at the last he picked up nicely and did it a shade cosily in the end even though the winning distance was only 1 1/2 lengths.  Delirant won two bumpers in France, including a Grade 1 so he could turn out to be pretty useful.  Today we have five meetings all on the flat at Salisbury, Beverley, Wolverhampton, Chepstow and Yarmouth.  Yarmouth has under £50,000 of prize money on offer for their seven races.  

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There are five meetings today and the good news is that two of them are jumps meetings!  We have action at Newton Abbot and Worcester over jumps plus flat cards at Beverley, Salisbury and Kempton.  David has two runners at Newton Abbot.  Delirant runs in the first race at 1.50pm, a 2m2f maiden hurdle.  Our five year old won two Bumpers in France and after a long absence he ran okay at Bangor in a maiden hurdle.  He works well at home and the form of the Bangor race is very good for this time of year.  Tom Scu rides and he should run a big race.  Take the High Road runs in the 3.50pm handicap hurdle over two miles with David Noonan in the saddle.  Our four year old was okay on the flat and has a rating of 72.  He was a bit disappointing at Stratford over hurdles last time so has to improve to feature in this but he definitely has the ability to be involved.

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Today we have four flat cards at Chelmsford, Ffos Las, Nottingham and Thirsk.  I recently found out that the average age for jump jockey's to retire is at 30.  It is not a long career.  There are 374 PJA members and JETS does a wonderful job in helping jockey's when they have finished their riding career.  Since 1995 they have helped 350 jockey's into employment after racing.  Tommy Dowling says "you get a bit of a tunnel vision as a jockey, you think about one thing and only one thing, so you don't know what to do when it is taken away from you".  A lot of jockey's seem to work in the stables they rode for, we have several in our yard.

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        Tom Scu rode a winner in Jersey

There are four meetings all on the flat at Ayr, Ripon, Wolverhampton and Windsor.  I know it is a Monday but how do Woverhampton and Windsor get away with under £50,000 in prize money for the whole card?!  Tom Scu has been on holiday in Jersey, I say been on holiday but he has actually been riding and he rode a winner on Masquerade in a 7F flat race for Neil Mulholland.  I have been to the track a few times and it is a nice day out when it is sunny.

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There are just two meetings today, on the flat at Leicester and Windsor.  There is some good racing in Ireland as well which include a Group 1 at the Curragh.  There are six runners in the race and Aidan O'Brien has four of them!  Looking through the rest of the card there he only has two runners in all the other races but I suppose the Group races are the ones he wants to win most and he does have a lot of top horses.  I know that Mark Johnston has passed MCP's total of number of winners trained but MCP is still heading the list for jumps winners with 3930.  The next best jumps trainer is Nicky Henderson with 3001 but Henderson who says he is not finished yet!

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                With Barney Curley

Today there are seven meetings, all on the flat at Ascot, Haydock, Newmarket, Chelmsford, Redcar, Ayr and Lingfield.  It is the Shergar Cup at Ascot today.  There is a nice advert in today's Racing Post.  Frankie Dettori, it says what the meetings means to me....I see that Frankie is actually riding at Newmarket today so I wonder what does it actually mean to him?!  Just imagine these days a 12 year old riding a winner.  It is hard to believe but it was 70 years ago that Lester Piggott rode his first winner at Haydock and he ended up riding 4493!  His final winner was also at Haydock on Palace Gate Jack 24 years ago.  I will never forget I went into Barney Curley's house one day several years ago and when I walked in Barney and Lester were sitting at his kitchen table.  I just wonder what they were plotting?!  I was such a fan on Lester that I named my son after the great man!

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with the action all coming on the flat once again.  The meetings take place at Wolverhampton, Brighton, Musselburgh, Newmarket, Haydock and Chelmsford City.  I thought that Acker Bilk ran a bit of a funny race on the level at Haydock yesterday.  He had a good position until dropping away two furlongs out, before plugging on again close home.  It looks like he will get further and he will certainly appreciate a slower surface.  He can only improve on this first start for 135 days and I would imagine he will be going hurdling sooner rather than later.

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