NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Tue May 21
Goffs Spring Sale
Tue May 21
Hexham, Huntingdon
Wed May 22
Warwick, Southwell

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It was a good weekend for the stable with the success of Malangen (pictured above) at Bangor on Saturday afternoon.  He went on at the penultimate flight under Nick Schofield and despite being a bit untidy at those hurdles, he won well with eight lengths back to the runner-up.  He is in good form at present with this being his second win since the end of March.  Now that the penny has dropped, hopefully he can improve a bit more - he is sure to be going up a bit in the weights for this.  Up in Scotland I thought that both Rathlin Rose and Van Gogh du Granite outran their odds before stamina became an issue over the four mile trip.  The ground was plenty quick enough - the opening contest was won in a time almost 11 seconds faster than standard so that tells you how quick the ground was.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon but the good news is that they are both over the sticks with the action coming from Stratford and Wincanton.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although stable jockey Tom Scudamore heads to Wincanton for an outside ride whilst David Noonan has picked up three mounts at Stratford.  Let's hope the lads are lucky.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ayr and Bangor and flat fixtures from Newbury, Thirsk and Wolverhampton.  The big race of the day is undoubtedly the Scottish Grand National at Ayr at 3.35pm and David is doubly represented with Rathlin Rose (Tom Scudamore) and Van Gogh du Granite (David Noonan).  They filled the first two places in a veteran's chase at Ascot last time out but this 28 runner handicap over four miles is going to be a different kettle of fish altogether and both of our runners have to prove that they will stay this marathon trip.  They can be given place claims at fancy prices if they do.  Meanwhile, over at Bangor David runs Malangen in the 2m3½f handicap hurdle at 3.55pm.  He won a seller last time out at Exeter and has been put in as joint favourite by the post for this 0-100 event - a big run is expected under Nick Scholfield.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ayr and Fontwell supported by flat fixtures from Newbury and Kempton.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although our Scottish National runners (the Ascot veteran's one-two) Rathlin Rose and Van Gogh du Granite left the yard this morning ahead of their long journey to Ayr.  Meanwhile, stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up some outside rides at Fontwell.

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Three Star General ran another solid race at Warwick yesterday afternoon to finish runner-up in the 3m2f handicap hurdle.  He has now finished second on four of his last five starts.  It will be interesting to see what the handicapper does to him.  As far as I am concerned he should drop him a few pounds to give him a chance of winning, although I expect he will put him up again.  The system just doesn't seem right to me.  Anyway, colourful owner Stuart Mercer was there, pictured with a few friends in a scene reminiscent of something out of Charlie's Angels.  You older readers will know what I am talking about!

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Legal History (pictured above) followed-up his easy Ascot win with another smooth success at Exeter yesterday under a penalty.  I couldn't believe that he was allowed to go off at even money (there was even a little bit of 6/4 available if you were quick enough), although it was a similar story with Eur Gone West last week who was also entitled to go off much shorter...not that I am complaining!  Legal History certainly seems to be improving at a rate of knots and I am sure David will have him out again shortly - he seems to love this better ground.  It is hard to believe that he is still a maiden on the flat with a handicap mark of 77 - I can see that changing this summer too.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Exeter and Southwell as well as a flat card from Pontefract.  It is going to be a busy day for the yard with five runners at Exeter.  Dream Free contests the novices' selling hurdle at 2.10pm and this represents a drop in class after he was placed in a handicap on his latest start.  He has reasonable claims under Tom Scudamore although I am yet to be entirely convinced that 2m2½f on a stiff track is exactly what he wants.  Legal History (pictured above) was very impressive last time out at Ascot and he looks to have a very good chance of following up in the 2.40pm.  He carries a 7lbs penalty for that success but is still 6lbs ahead of the handicapper and a follow-up looks to be on the cards.

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