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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 outnumbered by the all-weather flat fixtures!  The action comes from Southwell, Chelmsford City and Kempton on the all-weather, while there are a couple of jumps meetings from Taunton and Ludlow.  David has one runner today as Great Tempo competes in the 2m5f amateur riders' handicap hurdle at Ludlow at 4.00pm.  Our five year old has won on heavy ground and put up some decent efforts over fences earlier in the season - he resumes over timber from a slightly lower mark and young Fergus Gillard takes 7lbs off his back.  There are no runners from Pond House at Taunton but both Tom Scudamore and David Noonan have picked up outside rides at the meeting.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Bangor, Exeter and Ayr as well as a flat card from Kempton.  David has two runners at Exeter; Orchard Thieves and Mrs Miggins.  Orchard Thieves (pictured above) contests the 2m5½f novices' hurdle at 1.00pm.  He finished runner-up in an Irish point-to-point which worked out well, before winning his first start for the stable in a Worcester novices' hurdle on the back of a long lay-off, beating a useful rival.  This is a competitive looking race and he does have to concede a penalty to some decent rivals.  He stays and will handle the going, although any additional rain will aid his chances - I thought he had each-way claims under Tom Scudamore.  Mrs Miggins runs in the mares' novices' hurdle at 4.15pm over 2m2½f.  She has finished in the frame on two of her three starts and is another with place prospects at a decent price.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Hereford, Lingfield and Huntingdon supported by an all-weather flat card from Chelmsford City.  All three jumps cards carry more prize money than the flat fixture.  David has two runners today at Hereford; Duc de Beauchene who contests the 2m NH novices' hurdle at 2.00pm and Picture Painter who runs in the 2m5½f handicap hurdle at 3.00pm.  Duc de Beauchene ran with promise on his hurdling debut at Chepstow last time but will need to improve again to land this under Barry Geraghty, whilst Picture Painter was a winner on his penultimate start and does not look harshly treated from a mark just 4lbs higher.  I thought he had a little each way squeak at a decent price - David Noonan takes the ride.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up four outside rides at Lingfield.

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I thought that Remastered (pictured above) was a really impressive winner of the two mile novices' hurdle at Ffos Las yesterday afternoon.  He jumped really well for his hurdling debut and he looks like a chaser in the making.  In the meantime, I reckon it is going to take a very good horse to beat him, especially when there is plenty of cut in the ground.  He also looks like he will have little trouble getting further.  It was the quickest time of the day and he rates an exciting prospect.  Over at Sandown, Rathlin Rose performed creditably on his seasonal debut in the veterans' chase to finish fourth, although he would probably have preferred a softer surface and may be a bit sharper next time out.  I think these veterans' races are a great idea - they are well funded, competitive and give these older campaigners a chance of winning a decent race without fear of bumping into a progressive youngster who is ahead of the handicapper.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon although the good news is that they are both jumps fixtures with the action coming from Sandown and Ffos Las.  David has a runner at both meetings with Rathlin Rose contesting the 3m veteran's chase at Sandown at 3.25pm and Remastered making his hurdling debut in the 2m novices' hurdle at Ffos Las at 1.25pm.  Rathlin Rose (pictured above) makes his seasonal debut this afternoon and is only 4lbs higher than when winning one of these contests at Ascot in March.  He goes especially well at Sandown and looks to have decent claims under David Noonan.  Tom Scudamore is aboard our Ffos Las runner; Remastered who looked a most promising type when beating a good yardstick on his debut for the stable in a Chepstow bumper last season.  Our five year old is an exciting novices' hurdler in the making and a big run is expected.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Wincanton, Aintree and Kelso as well as flat cards from Doncaster and Chelmsford City.  David has two runners today as Un Temps Pour Tout makes his first start after a long absence in the 2m4f hurdle at Aintree at 2.10pm.  Our dual Cheltenham Festival and French Champion Hurdle hero has been off the track for 606 days so it will be great to see him in action once again.  He has won with plenty of cut in the ground but this is a competitive race and he is fully entitled to improve.  Over at Wincanton, Ramses de Teillee contests the Listed Badger Ales Trophy over 3m1f at Wincanton at 3.35pm.  He was a promising novice chaser last term with two wins at Chepstow on heavy ground.  David Noonan takes the ride and my biggest concern is if the heavy overnight rain has penetrated the ground enough for his liking.

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It was a good day for the stable yesterday with the success of Aldrin in the handicap hurdle at Market Rasen.  He came away in the closing stages to win by six lengths in the hands of Charlie Hammond and our five year old has now won three of his seven starts.  He doesn't want the ground too soft, but looks capable of winning again while the sound surface remains.  Malangen performed creditably in third, while Moon Racer ran well in the Pertemps qualifier at Newbury, finishing third.  He was conceding 15lbs to the winner and there are still plenty of races to be won with him based on this evidence.  Nordic Combined also ran an eye-catching race in what looked a decent novices' hurdle to finish a close fifth on his hurdling debut.  Sent off a 40/1 chance, it will be a while before he is that sort of price again and he looks like a winner waiting to happen.

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