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Tue Jul 23
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Thu Jul 25
Worcester
Fri Jul 26
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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Royal Ascot, Thirsk, Beverley and Brighton whilst there is a single jumps card from Stratford.  David has one runner today as Percy Street (pictured above) contests the Ascot Stakes at 5.00pm.  It is a marathon 2m4f flat handicap and hosts the  biggest field of the day with 20 runners.  Percy ran in the race last year when beaten just twelve lengths from this mark, forfeiting most of that ground in the final furlong.  That was on good/firm going and he should prefer this more testing surface, although it is drying out very quickly and is now officially good (good/soft in places).  Finley Marsh is in the saddle and takes 3lbs off his back.  He is a huge price but could well outrun those odds and I wouldn't put you off a little each way fun bet.  No fewer than eleven jumps trainers have runners in the race.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Carlisle, Catterick, Windsor and Nottingham.  It is a bit like the Lord Mayor's Show with Royal Ascot getting underway tomorrow.  You would think that the jockeys would know not to drink before racing but sadly this season's leading jockey Oisin Murphy was stood down from five rides at Salisbury yesterday when he failed a breath test.  They tested all of the jockeys at the meeting.  I met Oisin in a pub in Lambourn last year and he was a really nice lad who was only drinking soft drinks...let's hope that he learns from this.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Doncaster and Salisbury.  The first race at Salisbury is certainly a strange one...it is an apprentices' handicap where whips shall be carried but not used).  It must be a real temptation if you are in a driving finish to use your whip...I will be watching with great interest to see how they get on.  As usual,  both Irish meetings carry better prize money than the cards over here.

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Following the abandonment of Leicester yesterday afternoon, there are five meetings currently scheduled to go ahead today.  The action comes on the flat at York, Sandown and Chester on the flat, whilst there is a jumps card from Hexham.  The ground at Hexham is already being forecast as soft and this is a very stiff track at the best of times.  It will certainly take some getting and I reckon there are going to be some slow motion finishes and some tired horses.  David has one runner this afternoon as Dream Free contests the 1m3½f handicap at Bath at 1.45pm.  His one win on the level came on good/soft ground so underfoot conditions should be fine for him and we know he is fit from hurdling.  Good apprentice jockey Finley Marsh gets the ride and he takes 3lbs off his back.  He is a 7/1 chance according to the Post and has each-way claims.

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There are further casualties of the weather today as Chepstow and Newton Abbot are abandoned due to waterlogging, whilst Worcester have already taken the decision to cancel their meeting ahead of tomorrow's fixture...there are probably people rowing down the home straight!  Anyway, that leaves us with action from York, Sandown and Goodwood on the flat and Aintree over the sticks.  It looks as though stable jockeys Tom Scudamore and David Noonan will be taking the day off.

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The weather is really starting to affect the race programme with Uttoxeter and Haydock abandoned today due to waterlogging.  The ground at Nottingham and Yarmouth is currently heavy so they could well be under threat.  It looks like if you are fancying a bet you will need to be concentrating on Newbury where the ground is currently soft or at Leopardstown where unbelievably, it is good/firm.  We were due to run Hot Ryan at Uttoxeter this evening, but with that abandonment there are now no runners from Pond House today.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Haydock, Yarmouth, Hamilton and Kempton as well as a jumps card from Fontwell.  There are a big field of runners at Punchestown where there is a 25 runner maiden hurdle on the card as well as three reserves.  It is not as though the prize money is even that good, they just don' have so many meetings to the opportunities are fewer and further between.  There are no runners from Pond House today.

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