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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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It was certainly a good weekend for the Pond House team with Legal History running an excellent second in a hot looking juvenile handicap hurdle at Newbury on Saturday, while Dauphine Ereine was runner-up at Bangor - they both look capable of winning again.  Yesterday at Exeter we had two winners and a second from just four runners.  Malangen won the selling novices' hurdle  in good style and better still, there was no bid for him at the subsequent auction.  Eur Gone West was our other winner, making most of the running under a well-judged ride from Tom Scudamore.  The step up to 2m7f certainly seemed to help him, as did this better ground as he absolutely bolted up.  His owner Jane Gerard-Pearse was there and this marked a first success for her distinctive 'sunflower' colours.  Story Of Friends showed a good deal of promise to finish runner-up in the bumper and it looks like he will benefit from a stiffer test of stamina in time.

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       Malangen Schooling Over Hurdles

Today they are just two meetigs, both over the jumps at Carlisle and Exeter.  David has four runners at Exeter.  Malangen runs in the first race at 2.10pm a novice selling hurdle over 2m1f.  They don't have too many sellers at Exeter.  Our four year old is coming back from a break and does have some form which will put him in with a chance in this open looking race.  Eur Gone West runs in the 2.40pm, a 2m7f novice handicap hurdle.  He finished fourth last time at Taunton and he would again have each with claims with the step up in trip looking likely to help.  You Say What runs in the 3 mile handicap chase at 4.20pm.  He has not run for over 400 days and although he pulled up when last seen he seen he does have some good form prior to that which would make him competitive.  We are hoping for a nice jumping performance and a clear round and he shouldn't be too far away.  Story of Friends runs in the final race of the day, the bumper at 5.25pm.  He ran okay on his Pond House debut last time at Warwick where he just seemed to get tired in the last furlong.  He should improve for that run and go well this afternoon.  There are four first time out horses in the race so they could be anything.  Despite having chances it looks like it could be a tough day at Exeter for the Pond House team.

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There are five meetings today.  Jumps cards at Newbury, Kelso and Bangor plus flat cards at Lingfield and Kempton.  David has two runners today, one at Newbury and one at Bangor.  Legal History runs in the 2.40pm at Newbury a juvenile handicap hurdle over 2m2f.  He has had three runs over hurdles and progressed each time finishing second to a useful sort at Doncaster last time.  He runs off a mark of 106 and only carries 10 stone in this race.  The Racing Post have him at 12/1 which looks like a good each way price to me.  Tom Scu rides.  There is still a quarter share available in this gelding so please do get in touch if you have any interest in owning part of this four year old.  David runs Dauphine Ereine at Bangor in the 4pm mares handicap chase over 3 miles.  Our seven year old carries 11st 4lb with David Noonan on board.  She pulled up when she was last seen but has been given a little break since then.  She is 8/1 in the paper and she is not without a chance.

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What a good performance from New Age Dawning (pictured above) to score in tenacious fashion at Chepstow yesterday afternoon and he was considered the 'Star Performer' at Chepstow according to the Racing Post pundits.  He was stepping up half a mile in trip but saw it out well under a well-judged front-running ride from Tom Scudamore.  For a stride or two it did look like he had given the favourite a chance with an untidy jump at the last but he responded generously and found more on the run-in to score a shade cosily.  I thought that Buster Edwards put in a promising effort in the same race, travelling well for much of the way until weakening in the closing stages and he should be winning races.  David has some really nice young types coming through that you should be hearing plenty more about over the coming years.

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