NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Fri Sep 21
Newton Abbot
Sun Sep 23
Plumpton, Uttoxeter
Tue Sep 25
Warwick

Entries & Recent Form

It was a case of so near but yet so far at Uttoxeter yesterday afternoon as Timeforben was narrowly denied in the staying handicap hurdle.  She looked the most likely winner for much of the way but could not quite get past Kiwayu after the last.  Nonetheless, she was trying to concede 10lbs to the winner so this was a very good effort and another personal best.  She is on a mark of 114 now and I just hope that the handicapper does not overreact.  She has plenty of ability and should continue to be competitive so long as she remains on a sensible mark.   winning pointer back in Ireland, she also has the option of going chasing at some point.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Catterick, Lingfield,  Yarmouth and Wolverhampton as well as a jumps card from Uttoxeter.  David has two runners today at Uttoxeter; Timeforben (pictured above) and Druide Premier.  Timeforben contests the 2m7½f handicap hurdle at 3.50pm having won two of her last three starts.  She was a ready winner at Worcester last time out on good ground and a 5lbs rise in the weights is not unreasonable - this is a competitive little race but she should go well once again.  Druide Premier runs in the bumper at 4.50pm.  He finished a good third at Newton Abbot on his racecourse debut and will have learned a great deal for that experience.  Tom Scudamore is aboard the pair.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Beverley, Chelmsford City, Bath and Thirsk, while there is a flat fixture from Worcester.  Although there are no runners from Pond House today, stable jockeys Tom Scudamore and David Noonan have picked up rides at Worcester.  If they need to lose any weight, apparently all the jockeys have to do is sit in the weighing room...they say it gets that hot in there.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with all of the action coming on the level from Ayr, Ripon, Windsor and Wolverhampton so you are out of luck if you are a fan of the jumps.  I thought that our runner over the weekend, Ilovemints ran a good race to finish runner-up at Newton Abbot on Saturday.  I thought she was going to win jumping the second last but was beaten four lengths, trying to concede over a stone to the eventual winner so this was a pretty decent effort.  She certainly seemed to appreciate the longer trip and can win something similar before too long.

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There are three meetings today, all over the sticks at Perth, Southwell and Stratford...good race planning again!  David does not have any runners today.  Yesterday we had top flat meetings at York, Newmarket and Ascot all in the afternoon.  I bet the flat boys wish one of those meetings was on this afternoon instead?  Tom Scu goes to Southwell for five rides but looking at them I am not sure he is going to have a winner but we shall see!  As you know, I like to follow trainers who have travelled a long way.  Peter Bowen fits into this category and he has a few runners up at Perth.  His horses are in good form and he looks to have some chances.

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    Ilovemints runs at Newton Abbot today

Today we have seven meetings, 6 flat cards at Newmarket, York, Ascot, Chester, Hamilton and Salisbury plus a jumps card at Newton Abbot.  David has one runner, Ilovemints in the 5.35pm at Newton Abbot.  It is a 2m5f handicap hurdle which has 17 runners.  Our six year old has run a couple of sound races recently and I think the step up in trip will help.  She has each way claims with David Noonan in the saddle.  Tom Scu has a few rides at Newton Abbot and he rides Top Chief in the 5.05pm which could win.

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Take the High Road runs tonight & is For Sale

Today there are six meetings, five flat cards at Newmarket, York, Ascot, Chester and Chepstow plus a jumps card at Ffos Las.  David has one runner at Ffos Las this evening, Take the High Road in the 7.35pm 2 mile handicap hurdle.  He is having his first start for the yard and first run in a handicap off a mark of 104.  We expect him to run okay with Tom Scu in the sadddle.  He is also still for sale by the way!  Take the High Road is looking for a new owner so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any interest, he represents great value for money!  Just a quick note on race planning - why is there two evening meetings at racecourse not that far apart?  Tonight you have Ffos Las and Chepstow.  I appreciate one is jumps meeting and the one is a flat meeting but it just seems a little silly to me!

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