NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

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

Entries & Recent Form

There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Redcar and Windsor supported by a jumps fixture from Kelso.  There are no runners from Pond House today and it looks as though Tom Scudamore and David Noonan are taking the day off.  I also see that champion jockey Richard Johnson has no rides today - the three days of the Grand National meeting clearly takes plenty out of them all.  I am exhausted and only went up for the Saturday this year!

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        Whitley Neill runs at Ffos Las

Today we have just two jumps cards at Ffos Las and Plumpton and David has two runners at the Welsh track.  Stream Lady runs in the 2.00pm handicap hurdle which has a field of 18 runners.  She has not quite lived up to the promise of her Irish point to point form as yet but she now has a mark of 105 and you would hope she can improve.  Whitley Neill unseated last time out at Warwick in a snow blizzard but his form before that was okay.  He would have a small chance on previous form in this race.  Tom Scu rides both runners.

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Just in case you hadn't noticed, it is a big day today!  Indeed, the world's most famous steeplechase, the Grand National takes place this afternoon at Aintree.  There is also action from Chepstow and Newcastle over the sticks and Lingfield and Wolverhampton on the all-weather.  The National is on ITV at 5.15pm over 4m2½f and Aintree's unique fences.  The stable has two runners in the race; Ramses de Teillee, Vieux Lion Rouge.  David also runs Poker Play and Umbrigado at Aintree.

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The stable enjoyed a nice winner at our local track Taunton yesterday afternoon when Eur Gone West (pictured above) scored like a good thing in the three mile handicap hurdle.  Although he had to carry a 7lbs penalty, he was still 7lbs ahead of the handicapper and despite jumping out to his right in the straight, he came right away to score by 26 lengths under David Noonan.  It would be great if all the good things won like that!  I can't believe that he was sent off at 6/4 when he had been odds-on overnight.  I was especially pleased for his owner Jane Gerard-Pearse who is a lovely lady and has been a long-standing supporter of the yard.  Eur Gone West looks like he is improving fast and should be winning again.

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It all kicks off today!  It is the first of three days of top class action from Aintree with the Grand National the highlight on Saturday.  In the meantime we have additional meetings from Taunton over jumps and Southwell and Chelmsford City on the all-weather.  David has two runners today with Eamon An Cnoic representing the team at Aintree and Eur Gone West running at Taunton.  Eur Gone West will be a short price in the 3m handicap hurdle at 3.10pm.  He bolted up at Exeter the weekend before last and is 7lbs ahead of the handicapper despite a 7lbs penalty.  A reproduction of that effort would make him difficult to beat under David Noonan.  Eamon An Cnoic (pictured above) contests the 2m handicap chase at 4.40pm and he is the likely favourite.  He ran a mighty race when a close fourth in the Brown Advisory Plate at the Cheltenham Festival over 2½ miles and the drop back in trip should help.  He has won on good ground, although the suspicion is that he prefers a bit of cut.  He has sound claims in a very competitive race with Tom Scu in the saddle.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Wincanton and Market Rasen as well as two all-weather flat cards from Southwell and Kempton.  There is one runner from Pond House today as Percy Street contests Wincanton's 2m5½f handicap hurdle at 2.10pm.  He has some decent placed form to his name but doesn't win as often as his ability suggests he should.  He was fourth last time, not beaten at all far and he is 2lbs lower today - he would have place claims once again under Tom Scudamore.  The owner, Fergus Wilson is in great form following his 1-2 in Ascot's veterans' chase on Sunday.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with all of the action on the level from Musselburgh, Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  It's a shame they didn't think to slip a jumps meeting in there somewhere.  Still, the jumps are back tomorrow and the Grand National meeting from Liverpool starts on Thursday so the wait for more top class National Hunt is nearly over.

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