NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sun Sep 23
Plumpton, Uttoxeter
Tue Sep 25
Warwick
Wed Sep 26
Perth

Entries & Recent Form

There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with the action all coming on the flat once again.  The meetings take place at Wolverhampton, Brighton, Musselburgh, Newmarket, Haydock and Chelmsford City.  I thought that Acker Bilk ran a bit of a funny race on the level at Haydock yesterday.  He had a good position until dropping away two furlongs out, before plugging on again close home.  It looks like he will get further and he will certainly appreciate a slower surface.  He can only improve on this first start for 135 days and I would imagine he will be going hurdling sooner rather than later.

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These flat trainers don't half put out a few runners these days...during the last fortnight northern trainer has sent out 141 runners, while Mark Johnston has sent out 99.  Speaking of which, congratulations to Mark Johnston who on Tuesday surpassed Martin's tally of British trained winners, a treble moving him onto 4185, two ahead of MCP.  Mark may train under a different code, but it is still a tremendous achievement and it is only a matter of time before he becomes the winningmost trainer as he nears Richard Hannon's total of 4193.  Very well done to him and the whole Kingsley House team.

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It is day two of our summer sabbatical and there are five flat meetings taking place this afternoon with the action coming from Brighton, Chepstow, Kempton, Pontefract & Yarmouth.  The most interesting race of the day as far as I am concerned is the 1m4f selling handicap at Brighton.  Four of the nine runners are three year olds and like David says in his blog this week, they are not easy to come by.  With the minimum claiming price of £6,000 there could be a cheap potential hurdler or two in the line-up.  Speaking of which, don't forget that David picked up a couple out of sellers last week.  Actually, Martin was responsible for buying Dream Free, while David purchased a promising looking three year old called Melangen who won the second of his two starts.  Do get in touch if you would be interested in owning one (or even a share in one).

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with action from Newbury, Catterick, Nottingham and Ayr. We embark on our summer holiday today, meaning that there is no jump racing for eight days – if you are a fan of the jumps you will have to make do with the meeting at Roscommon in Ireland, who by the way have the most prize money on offer.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Ripon, Carlisle and Windsor as well as a jumps fixture from Newton Abbot.  David has two runners at our local track on the final day before our summer break which sees us without jumping for eight days...I don't know what I am going to do!  Anyway, back to today and the team have two favourites so let's hope they can deliver.  Celestial Path (pictured above) goes in the 2m1f handicap hurdle at 4.20pm - he has won his last two starts at Uttoxeter and Worcester and if this is another going day he should go close, even from his welter burden of 12-3.  Lochinver makes his first start for the stable when he contests the bumper at 5.25pm.  Our four year old won his only previous start in a point-to-point flat race on heavy ground.  He has had a wind operation since then and a big run is expected from him.  Tom Scudamore is aboard our pair.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with the action coming from Chester on the level and Market Rasen over the sticks.  It is also the final day of the Galway Festival -  I feel sorry for those that have been there all week...their livers must be in an awful state by now!  It is amazing how the Irish races always seem to attract big fields - it must have something to do with the fact that there is less racing taking place on a daily basis.

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There is a busy day ahead with no less than seven meetings taking place...the only trouble is, there is no jumping (unless you count two hurdle races at the Galway Festival in Ireland).  The action on these shores comes from Goodwood, Newmarket, Chelmsford, Doncaster, Thirsk, Hamilton and Lingfield.  It has always seemed like a shame to me to have Goodwood and Newmarket on the same day - they are two of the best courses in the country and should not be competing against each other.  I see that Frankie Dettori has picked up four rides at Newmarket today and you would have thought that he would have had the choice, so I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the Italian among the winners.

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