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Thu Feb 28
Ludlow, Taunton
Fri Mar 01
Doncaster, Newbury
Sat Mar 02
Doncaster, Kelso, Newbury

The Grand National 2019

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Well, it was a good day for the yard yesterday at Plumpton on the resumption of racing after the enforced absence due to the equine influenza outbreak.  The Pond House horses fared well with a winner and a second from our two runners.  Duc de Beauchene (pictured above) was a ready winner of the 2m4½f handicap hurdle - the step-up in trip certainly seemed to suit him well and he looks like he will get further again.  His jumping was good and he looks like a nice chaser in the making.  Three Star General also ran a cracker, failing by only a lenght to concede a stone to the winner in the 3m1f handicap hurdle.  He has been knocking on the door of late and deserves to win something similar.

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We are back racing!  I am pleased to tell you there are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps racing from Plumpton and Musselburgh and all-weather flat fixtures from Southwell and Kempton.  Mind you, looking at the prize money from Southwell you wouldn't think so with just £36,000 prize money across their entire card!  David has two runners at Plumpton today with Duc de Beauchene and Three Star General.  Duc de Beauchene contests the 2m4½f handicap hurdle at 3.10pm - he has run some promising races to date and is likely to appreciate this step-up in trip and gets the softish ground that he wants.  He looks to have a decent chance under Tom Scudamore.  Three Star General (pictured above) runs in the 3m1f handicap hurdle at 4.10pm - he has finished runner-up over course and distance but has to shoulder top weight of 11-12.  He has each-way claims with Tom Scu in the saddle.

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The good news is that racing is all set to resume on Wednesday, tomorrow!!  That means we will have jumping action at Plumpton and Musselburgh plus flat cards at Kempton and Southwell.  There will be a closely controlled return to action with increased bio security and restrictions.  More news on what will actually happen will be released to trainers throughout the morning so keep an eye out for the news.  The other good news is that they are re=scheduling a few of the big races lost from last weekend.  The Betfair hurdle and Denman Chase that were lost from Newbury will now be run at Ascot this Saturday.  Again there will be more news throughout the day as to whether entries stand or trainers will have to make new ones.

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With no meetings in Britain or Ireland today we will turn our attention to Angers and Flamingo Park.  You maybe asking where are these places?!  Angers is a French jumps meeting and Flamingo Park hosts a flat card in America.  The ground is heavy at Angers and they tell me it is a track where front runners do well.  My French connection thinks the good thing at the meeting is Furay in the 11.25am with James Reveley on board.  I thought they might have tried to put on another fixture in Ireland today.  With so many horses over there I am sure they would have got plenty of runners and given us all something to watch!

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Punchestown is the only racing on today and they are giving the ground as good/yielding.  Tom Scu has a couple of rides for Henry De Bromhead although they are fairly big prices but you never know!  I have been looking ahead to the entries for Wednesday just in case racing gets the green light to go ahead.  There are four meetings, jumps cards at Plumpton and Musselburgh and two on the flat.  David has a few entries at Plumpton should it be on.

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With no racing in Britain we have just one meeting at Naas to look forward to.  Having said that there are plenty of runners and the bonus is that we can now all watch it on ITV4.  I think I will just follow the Gordon Elliott or Willie Mullins' stables as I am sure they will have a winner or two! There is no racing over here until at least Wednesday 13th February but I suspect that after yesterday's developments with more confirmed cases of equine flu and further yards being locked down then the blackout of no racing will continue a bit longer than next Wednesday.  We shall just have to see and keep everything crossed.  I see they have even closed some of the Newmarket galllops.  We are lucky at Pond House to have our own gallops and we are not one of the yards that have been restricted anyway.

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It looks like this equine flu outbreak is going to shut down racing for at least six days after three horses from Donald McCain's yard tested positive.  The blanket ban means a total loss of at least 23 meetings including the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.  Racing will not resume on these shores until Wednesday of next week at the very earliest.  Over 100 yards were locked down for two weeks with no movement of horses allowed in or out of those stables.  Pond House is not one of those yards affected - we have always routinely taken temperatures and we continue to be meticulous about our biochemical protocol with disinfectant dips at every access point and staff issued with anti-bacterial hand gel like you find in hospitals and we will be raring to go as soon as racing resumes.

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