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Thu Jan 17
Lingfield, Newcastle
Thu Jan 17
Ludlow, Market Rasen, Wincanton
Fri Jan 18
Lingfield, Newcastle

Cheltenham Festival 2019

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ayr, Taunton and Warwick as well as all-weather flat action from Chelmsford City and Kempton.  David has runners at our local track, Taunton.  Druide Premier, a full-brother to Dynaste contests the National Hunt novices' hurdle at 12.25pm.  He has finished in the frame in his two bumpers and he has schooled well at home, although this does look like a very competitive race for the track.  Mrs Miggins runs in the 3m novices' handicap hurdle at 1.35pm - she has finished in the frame on three of her four starts to date and looks as though she will appreciate this step-up in trip and she should be thereabouts.  We have two runners in the 2m handicap hurdle at 2.40pm; Jacbequick and Picture Painter.  Jacbequick will find this considerably easier than at Cheltenham, while Picture Painter needs to improve on his latest start - they are ridden by Tom Scudamore and David Noonan respectively.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Hereford and Wetherby as well as flat cards from Wolverhampton and Newcastle. David has two runners at Wetherby today courtesy of Extra Mag (pictured above) and Stream Lady. Extra Mag contests the 2m novices' hurdle at 1.15pm and our four year old is the winner of his only start on the flat in France on very soft ground. He looks a nice sort at home and he works well so a big run is expected, although this does look like a very competitive heat. Stream Lady runs in the mares' bumper at 3.25pm. She is the winner of her only start in an Irish point-to-point, the form of which was franked when the second, third and fourth all won next time. She is expected to go well under Tom Scudamore.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Lingfield and Sedgefield as well as an all-weather flat card from Southwell.  David has one runner this afternoon as Nordic Combined contests the 2m novices' hurdle at Lingfield at 1.00pm.  Our four year old had useful form on the flat, winning three times on testing ground and he produced a promising first effort over hurdles in a decent race at Newbury last time.  He can only improve for the experience and has each-way prospects under Tom Scudamore, although there are a couple in the line-up with more experience than him over timber who set a tough standard to aim at.  Any further easing in the ground will aid his cause.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Kempton, Ludlow and Musselburgh.  Unusually, there is no action on the all-weather.  Kempton, despite hosting a Listed contest have only 35 runners across their entire six race card.  There are two three runner races and a four runner race on the menu despite the ground officially being given as good...again, too much racing anybody?!  Tom Scudamore has picked up an outside ride at the meeting and before you ask, no, I will not be testing the theory today...

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with jumping action from Exeter and Uttoxeter.  David has three runners at Exeter courtesy of Three Star General, Miro and Mutanaqel.  Three Star General (pictured above) and Miro contest the 2m7f handicap hurdle at 1.20pm, with the former shouldering top-weight of 12-0 less jockey Charlie Hammond's 5lbs claim.  He should like the ground, mind you we have had an awful lot of rain over the last couple of days.  Miro is the mount of David Noonan and he had bits and pieces of form when with Gordon Elliott - indeed, if you go back far enough you will find that he beat subsequent Imperial Cup winner Mr Antolini!  It is a pretty open race and I think I will be keeping my money in my pocket.  Mutanaqel is our final runner in the conditional jockeys' race at 3.50pm.  He has shaped with promise in his three starts and due to his three year old's allowance he carries only 10-6.  Charlie Hammond takes the ride.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ascot, Haydock and Huntingdon as well as all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Wolverhampton. There are no runners from Pond House today, although we will be back with runners tomorrow at Exeter. Our two runners at Ascot yesterday both finished fourth. Moon Racer produced a reasonable performance on his chasing debut, jumping well, although his cause was not helped by the winner continually jumping out to his left. He looked like he would benefit from stepping back up in trip and there are definitely races to be won with him over fences. Easter Eric also finished fourth, running with credit in a decent maiden hurdle - I am sure David will be able to find him easier opportunities.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ascot, Catterick and Ffos Las and an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton. David has two runners at Ascot; Moon Racer and Easter Eric. Moon Racer (pictured above) makes his chasing debut today in the 2m3f novices' chase at Ascot at 1pm and he has schooled well at home. He finished a solid third in a competitive handicap hurdle at Newbury on his first start since April and that should have blown away the cobwebs. With a clear round he has to go close under Tom Scudamore (who, incidentally was back to work with a winner yesterday). Our other runner is Easter Eric who runs in the 2m3½f maiden hurdle at 1.30pm. He was third in a bumper on his debut and was not disgraced in a hot race on his hurdling debut - he will have learned plenty for that experience but will need to improve to land this.

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