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What an unbelievable performance from Ballard Down to score at Windsor on the flat last night.  You would have had to see the race to know what I am talking about...I hate to think about his odds in running.  He was left fully eight lengths when the stalls opened, yet he still managed to pass the whole field to get up on the line to win by a nose and that was over just a mile!  Apprentice jockey Finley Marsh was excellent, never panicking and proving strong in a driving finish.  Ballard Down was picked up from a claimer for £15,000 and won almost half of that back on his first start for the stable last night - he certainly possesses a good deal of ability and is looking like a bargain already.  Anyway, I hope a few of you were on!

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Max do Brazil (pictured above) put in a good round of jumping on his chase debut yesterday to make the long journey to Fakenham worthwhile.  He certainly jumped better than his rivals and looked to be enjoying the challenge and always looked the mos likely winner.  He was giving 13lbs and upwards to the rest of the field and hopefully he could progress from this and win further races.

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Today we have just two meetings, a flat card at Nottingham plus a jumps card at Nottingham.  There are small fields at Fakenham but that is probably due to the quickish ground.  David has one runner, Max Do Brazil in the 5.20pm race, a novice handicap chase over three miles.  Our seven year old has to give plenty of weight away on his chasing debut but he has schooled well at home and he does have ability.  It looks an open race despite there only being four runners and there is good prize money of £10,000 up for grabs.  I am sure the track is disappointed with the number of runners on the entire card with six being the maximum field all day but everywhere desperately needs some rain.

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It is Derby day and a busy day in the racing world with seven meetings, flat cards at Epsom, Musselburgh, Doncaster and Lingfield plus jumps cards at Hexham, Worcester and Stratford.  Tom Scu and David Noonan are both in action at Worcester.  The Derby is at 4.30pm and is worth £921,537 to the winner although obviously if you win the Derby your stud fees are also worth millions!  Let's hope Ryan Moore is on the most fancied of the Aidan O'Brien trained runners although looking at them I do not think there is a lot between them and even the great Lester Piggott could not split them.  What a great win for Anapurna in the Oaks yesterday and it was another flying dismount from Frankie.  I am quite amazed over the years how sound he has kept when he keeps jumping off the back of a horse - it is a long way down!

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Epsom, Carlisle, Doncaster, Wolverhampton and Chelmsford whilst there is also a jumps card from Stratford.  David has one runner this evening as Mount Nelly (pictured above) contests the closing point-to-point bumper at 8.50pm.  She ran a good race at Exeter on her rules debut and was not disgraced at Aintree last time out.  Fergus Gillard is in the saddle and claims 7lbs off her back - she looks to hold each-way claims.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon and sadly for us, it is another day without any jumps action.  The flat fixtures come from Wetherby, Yarmouth, Lingfield, Sandown and Carlisle and to be honest, the prize money doesn't look great at any of those meetings.  They must be saving it all up for Epsom's Derby meeting which gets underway tomorrow!  The stable has one runner this evening as Ekayburg contests the 1m2f novices' stakes at Sandown at 8.10pm.  He had some very good form in bumpers in France but subsequently disappointed over hurdles.  He shaped with promise on his flat debut at Bath last time but this does look to be a warm race with some unexposed types from leading flat yards in the line-up.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newton Abbot, Warwick and Cartmel as well as flat cards from Hamilton and Beverley.  We have had a couple of days without jump racing and now there are three cards on the same day, why could one of those meetings not take place yesterday?  David has one runner at Newton Abbot today as Picture Painter contests the 2m5½f handicap hurdle at 3.00pm.  He finished second at Chepstow on good ground before running a creditable fourth of 15th last time out at Worcester.  I thought that he had each-way claims at likely odds of around 8/1.  David Noonan is in the saddle.

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