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A very wet start to the day at Pond House with 35mm of rain falling overnight.  There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with all the action coming on the flat from Salisbury, Lingfield, Carlisle and Thirsk.  If they have had the rain we have had down in this neck of the woods the going is likely to be pretty testing.  There are no runners from the stable today.  Buster Edwards finished third at Stratford and he has now been beaten twice from this mark since winning at Fontwell...perhaps the handicapper might drop him a few pounds now?  Ekayburg shaped with promise at Windsor last night, finishing sixth over 1m2f.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Leicester, Windsor and Pontefract as well as a jumps card from Stratford.  David has two runners today; Buster Edwards at Stratford and Ekayburg at Windsor.  Buster Edwards (pictured above) contests the 3m2½f handicap hurdle at Stratford at 3.15pm.  He has been in good form this form this term, winning at Fontwell on his penultimate start before finishing a close third at the same venue last time.  He is 6lbs higher than when successful but should handle the ground and looks to have a solid chance under David Noonan.  Ekayburg runs in the 1m2f novice stakes at 8.15pm.  He was a good horse in French bumpers but is yet to translate that ability to these shores.  David, owner William Frewen and jockey Finley Marsh had a winner here last Monday night, although it would be something of a surprise if Ekayburg were to oblige.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Goodwood and a jumps fixture from Perth.  David has one runner today as Van Gogh du Granit (pictured above) contests the Sam Morshead Perth Gold Cup at 4.25pm.  It is a fiercely competitive handicap chase over three miles and our ten year old has been in excellent form since arriving at Pond House.  He bolted up at Market Rasen on his penultimate start and was a good second in a decent race at Aintree last time (he could well have finished even closer without a bad mistake on the final circuit).  Regular rider David Noonan is in the saddle and he should run his usual game race.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Haydock, Newmarket, Beverley, Chelmsford City, Chepstow and Lingfield.  It may be a Saturday and the day when most people can get to the races, but if you are a fan of jump racing I'm afraid you are out of luck.  Ourmullion was set to represent the yard at Chepstow this afternoon but following 33mm of rain at the Welsh track, the ground has become unsuitably testing for him and he does not run.  The big meeting of the day is at Haydock where they do have a Group race and Listed contest.  Whilst there are no runners from Pond House today, we will have one at Perth tomorrow as Van Gogh du Granit contests the Sam Moshead Perth Gold Cup.  Van Gogh will be leaving today on his long journey - I know it is a long way as I have done that drive.  At least by travelling up today it will give the horse time to settle down before tomorrow's race.  I would imagine that jockey David Noonan will also be making his way up at some point today.

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There was a damp and dreary start to the day and it seems like Summer is well and truly over, although the jumps trainers will be happy...something about needing the rain for the ground!  There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Brighton, Goodwood, Haydock and Bath as well as jumps fixtures from Uttoxeter and Market Rasen.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although stable jockey Tom Scudamore heads to Uttoxeter for a few outside rides.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Hamilton, Haydock, Ripon and Chelmsford City as well as a jumps card from Ffos Las.  David has two runners at Ffos Las; Great Tempo and Percy Street.  Great Tempo contests the 3m handicap chase at 5.35pm.  He would need to improve on his most recent start but is dropping down the weights and is partnered by amateur jockey Mr Fergus Gillard who takes a handy 7lbs off his back.  Percy Street (pictured above) runs in the 7.45pm race, a 2m6f handicap hurdle - he won his penultimate start at Wincanton and is only 2lbs higher this afternoon.  He has a chance if putting his best foot forward under Tom Scudamore.

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   Story of Friends runs at Newton Abbot

Today we have five meetings, flat cards at Nottingham, Ripon and Kempton plus jumps cards at Newton Abbot and Fontwell.  David has one runner, Story of Friends in the 3.35pm novice hurdle at Newton Abbot.  The race looks a match on paper between our five year old and the Jamie Snowden trained Thebannerkingrebel and they bet 20/1 bar the two.  We have won our last two starts, a bumper at Exeter and then first time out over hurdles last time at Warwick in good style.  Thebannerkingrebel does have good bumper form and looks a worthy favourite but I am going to stick with our runner who we like a lot with Tom Scu on board.  Tom also has 3 good other rides and they all look to have chances.

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