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What a great win for Dell' Arca at Newbury on Saturday!  I did say that he was potentially well-treated on the flat from a mark of 76 and so it proved, remember he had won over hurdles from a mark of 142 last month.  The winning distance was 1½ lengths although I think he was value for a bit more than that.  It was a lady amateur riders' race and he was given an accomplished ride from Miss Siobhan Doolan.  What an amazing horse he has been for the yard.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Pontefract and a jumps fixture from Southwell.  There are no runners from Pond House today.  I notice that champion jockey Richard Johnson has three nice rides at Southwell and he could be the jockey to follow.  He is still 27 winners behind Harry Skelton in the jockeys' championship and while Johnson gets a lot more outside rides, I am starting to think that Skelton will take some pegging back.  Indeed, I may have to have a little wager.

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There are seven meetings taking place this afternoon with five cards on the level from Chepstow, Doncaster, Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon, while there are jumps fixtures from Market Rasen and Perth. David has a couple of runners today, Dell' Arca on the flat, while recent arrival Dream Free runs over the sticks. David purchased Dream Free after scoring in good style in a Beverley seller and he reverts to hurdles today in the hands and heels selling hurdle for conditional and amateur jockeys in the 4.55pm race at Market Rasen. He has had one run over hurdles and was pulled up but the balance of his flat form would suggest that he is capable of significantly better than that. Mr Connor Brace takes the ride and he probably has Cliffside Park to beat. Meanwhile, Dell' Arca contests the lady amateur riders' race on the level at Newbury at 5.15pm. He has been a cracking servant over hurdles and fences and is fit (having won at Uttoxeter three weeks ago) despite not having run on the flat since June 2016. He could yet prove well-treated from a mark of 76 and has each way claims under Miss Siobhan Doolan.

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Today we have six meetings all on the flat at Nottingham, Newbury, Wolverhampton, Chelmsford, Newmarket and Catterick.  It is amazing that the all-weather meeting at Chelmsford has the most prize money on offer of £132,000.  The other sad news about racecourses is that we could lose another racetrack.  Towcester is in crisis at the moment.  Their greyhound meeting that was due to take place tonight does not take place.  Their next racing fixtures are October, November and December.  They are hoping there will be significant interest from potential acquirers.  The problem being to me, if you are not making money then who will want to buy it?!  Remember it was where AP rode his 4000th winner and I know lots of trainers like the track with it's stiff uphill finish.

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Delirant won nicely at Newton Abbot yesterday which was nice for owner JP McManus and the whole team.  He was a bit lively before the race but Tom got him nicely settled towards th back of the field and gradually crept closer.  When Tom asked him to quicken after a bit of a slow jump at the last he picked up nicely and did it a shade cosily in the end even though the winning distance was only 1 1/2 lengths.  Delirant won two bumpers in France, including a Grade 1 so he could turn out to be pretty useful.  Today we have five meetings all on the flat at Salisbury, Beverley, Wolverhampton, Chepstow and Yarmouth.  Yarmouth has under £50,000 of prize money on offer for their seven races.  

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There are five meetings today and the good news is that two of them are jumps meetings!  We have action at Newton Abbot and Worcester over jumps plus flat cards at Beverley, Salisbury and Kempton.  David has two runners at Newton Abbot.  Delirant runs in the first race at 1.50pm, a 2m2f maiden hurdle.  Our five year old won two Bumpers in France and after a long absence he ran okay at Bangor in a maiden hurdle.  He works well at home and the form of the Bangor race is very good for this time of year.  Tom Scu rides and he should run a big race.  Take the High Road runs in the 3.50pm handicap hurdle over two miles with David Noonan in the saddle.  Our four year old was okay on the flat and has a rating of 72.  He was a bit disappointing at Stratford over hurdles last time so has to improve to feature in this but he definitely has the ability to be involved.

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Today we have four flat cards at Chelmsford, Ffos Las, Nottingham and Thirsk.  I recently found out that the average age for jump jockey's to retire is at 30.  It is not a long career.  There are 374 PJA members and JETS does a wonderful job in helping jockey's when they have finished their riding career.  Since 1995 they have helped 350 jockey's into employment after racing.  Tommy Dowling says "you get a bit of a tunnel vision as a jockey, you think about one thing and only one thing, so you don't know what to do when it is taken away from you".  A lot of jockey's seem to work in the stables they rode for, we have several in our yard.

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