NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

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

Entries & Recent Form

What a great day for the stable yesterday at Ascot with a double, including an amazing one-two in the veterans' handicap chase.  Legal History (pictured above) absolutely bolted up in the juvenile handicap hurdle.  He travelled supremely well and didn't have to come off the bridle to win with Tom Scudamore sat motionless.  I know the runner-up, Scaramanga was well-fancied by the Nicholls team so this was probably quite a useful performance.  He is sure to be taking a hike in the weights for this so I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him turned out again in the near future under a penalty.  Teaser also ran well for a 50/1 shot, he was still in with a chance of a place before the last and he looks sure to win more races perhaps returned to a slightly less competitive field.  It was quite a day for owner Fergus Wilson too as he filled the first two places in the veterans' chase with Rathlin Rose and Van Gogh du Granit.  Rathlin Rose was following-up his success of twelve months ago, whilst Van Gogh is already looking like a very good buy and a winner waiting to happen.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with the action coming from Doncaster on the flat and Ascot over the sticks.  David has four runners at Ascot; Teaser, Legal History, Rathlin Rose and Van Gogh du Granit.  Teaser and Legal history contest the 1m7½f juvenile handicap hurdle at Ascot at 2.45pm.  There is only a couple of pounds between them in the ratings and Tom Scudamore is aboard Legal History.  He has finished in the frame in each of his starts over timber and was a narrow runner-up in a valuable contest at Newbury last weekend.  Teaser won earlier in the season and has run creditably since - he will be partnered by David Noonan.  There shouldn't be a lot between them, although I think Tom is just about on the right one.  Rathlin Rose and Van Gogh du Granit run in the veterans' handicap chase at 4.30pm.  Rathlin Rose (pictured above) won the race last year from a 1lb higher mark although he is likely to find the ground lively enough.  Van Gogh du Granit showed up well for a long way at Taunton on his debut for the stable, although he would likely prefer more give in the ground.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Stratford and Uttoxeter as well as flat cards from Doncaster, Kempton and Southwell.  The big race of the day is the Lincoln at Doncaster which marks the start of the flat turf season...my goodness, hasn't that come around quickly?!  Anyway, our focus is still on the jumps and we have one runner today as Airton (pictured above) contests the 2m½f novices' hurdle at Stratford at 1.55pm.  He won on his hurdling debut at Taunton on good ground before finishing runner-up on the same track nine days later when narrowly failing to concede a penalty to his rivals.  He has to give weight away again today but he looks to have a good chance to me at odds of around 3/1.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Wetherby and Fontwell as well as all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Newcastle.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although Tom Scudamore has one booked ride at Wetherby for his brother Michael in the first.  At least he will be able to get away a bit sharpish and avoid all the traffic leaving the course at the end of racing.  Let's hope he rides a winner to help pay for the diesel!

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Warwick and Newcastle as well as all-weather flat cards from Wolverhampton and Chelmsford City.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a couple of rides for his brother Michael at Warwick so hopefully he will be among the winners, although they are quite big prices.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with just a single jumps card from Market Rasen supported by all-weather flat fixtures from Southwell, Lingfield and Kempton.  David has two runners today; Yaa Salaam at Market Rasen and Picture Painter at Lingfield.  Yaa Salaam (pictured above) was a multiple winner on the flat in Germany and he produced a most pleasing first start over hurdles behind a couple of very useful types (the second has won since) when a close third at Ffos Las.  With that run under his belt, he is expected to go very well under Tom Scudamore.  Meanwhile, Picture Painter contest the staying flat handicap at Lingfield at 3.35pm.  He has to carry top weight but did finish third from this mark at Wolverhampton on his penultimate start and Adam Kirby is a positive jockey booking.  He looks to have sound each-way claims.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Hexham and Hereford as well as an all-weather flat card from Wolverhampton.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although stable jockeys Tom Scudamore and David Noonan have both picked up a spare ride at Hereford.  I am not sure that I will be testing the 'one ride theory' today.

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