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Sun Mar 24
Carlisle, Exeter
Mon Mar 25
Wincanton
Tue Mar 26
Hereford, Hexham

The Grand National 2019

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Cheltenham, Doncaster and Uttoxeter as well as all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Chelmsford.  David has one runner today; Delface (pictured above) who contests the opening conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter at 1.05pm.  Our six year old is in good form and was a winner over course and distance last time.  He is 6lbs higher today which seems reasonable enough and he would appear to have leading claims despite joint top-weight of 12-0.  Kieron Edgar takes the ride.

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There is some better news...with temperatures rising there are no inspections planned ahead of today's fixtures so hopefully all of the action will take place.  There are four meetings planned with jumps cards from Huntingdon and Doncaster as well as all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Newcastle.  Stable jockeys Tom Scudamore and David Noonan have both picked up outside rides at Huntingdon and a couple of them look to have chances.

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The weather is playing havoc with the fixture list again today.  Fakenham and Wetherby have already abandoned their meetings after temperatures dipped to -6ºc overnight.  That leaves two all-weather flat cards from Southwell and Chelmsford City.  Unsurprisingly there are no runners from Pond House today and messrs Scudamore and Noonan get a day off.  Gowran Park looks okay over in Ireland where they have some big fields, in fact three of the races have reserves.

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There are just three meetings taking place this afternoon following the abandonment of Catterick's jumps fixture.  That leaves us with just a National Hunt card from Hereford supported by two all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Kempton.  Tom Scu has picked up an outside ride at Hereford but at least the abandonment will save David Noonan from a long drive to Catterick.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Leicester and Kelso as well as an all-weather flat card from Newcastle.  Although there are no runners from Pond House today both Tom Scudamore and David Noonan have picked up an outside ride at Leicester.  I think Tom has better prospects than Noonan, although I don't think I will be testing the 'one ride theory' on either on them today!

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps fixtures from Warwick and Sedgefield as well as an all-weather flat fixture from Wolverhampton.  There are no runners from Pond House today although David Noonan heads to Warwick for an outside ride.  Of our runners over the weekend, I thought that Aurillac ran well at Exeter on Sunday to finish fourth.  He was under pressure a long way out but kept going well and was beaten only five lengths.  After three pulled-up efforts and a string of problems, this was certainly a step back in the right direction.

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Today there are just two meetings, both over the jumps at Exeter and Ayr.  David has two runners at Exeter, Drama King and Aurillac.  Drama King runs in the 1.10pm handicap hurdle over 2m2f.  He was a good fifth at Ascot in a novice hurdle just over a month ago.  He is a very fragile horse and has not had many runs in his life but he has ability.  He needs to improve a bit to win this race but there is no reason he can't with that recent run behind him and Tom Scu on board.  Aurillac runs in the novice chase at 3.25pm.  He pulled up on his stable debut at Newbury but that run was not without promise.  It will be good for him to get a clear round today from which he can build on.

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