NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Tue May 21
Goffs Spring Sale
Tue May 21
Hexham, Huntingdon
Wed May 22
Warwick, Southwell

Entries & Recent Form

What a great success for Poker Play (pictured above) at Uttoxeter on Saturday to land the highly competitive 2m4f handicap hurdle at odds of 16/1.  He loved the heavy ground and absolutely bolted up under Tom Scudamore.  He is clearly going to make a very useful chaser, especially when the mud is flying.  The Angove's were listening to the commentary somewhere over Greenland on their way back to the United States having been over for last week's Cheltenham Festival - I bet it made the journey much shorter!

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Carlisle and Ffos Las.  David has two runners at Ffos Las with Max do Brazil and Van Gogh du Granit.  Max do Brazil contests the 2m4f handicap hurdle at 3.35pm.  He has to carry 11-0 and while his profile is a little in and out, he does have some reasonable form in the book and is not without a chance under Tom Scudamore.  Van Gogh du Granit makes his debut for the stable in the 3m handicap chase at 4.10pm - a prolific winner in France, he missed a run in the cross country chase at Cheltenham last week when he missed the cut by one.  The ground at both courses is officially heavy and there are only small fields at Carlisle.  It is a stiff track with an uphill finish and the horses are likely to be walking from the last.  If you are thinking of having a wager, make sure that your selection is a strong stayer.

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I am now recovering from four great days in our Cheltenham Festival hospitality marquee.  What a fantastic week it has been and I hope all of our guests and supporters enjoyed it as much as we have.  Early Doors won the Martin Pipe conditional jockeys' race to round the meeting off under a great ride from Jonjo O'Neill Jr.  Mind you, I had mixed feelings as I backed Dallas des Pictons who finished second!  Martin presented the prizes to winning connections (pictured above) and they all looked very happy - it just goes to show what a winner at the Festival means to everyone.

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          Me, Rod & Penny Yesterday!

Today we have four meetings with Cheltenham of course taking centre stage on Gold Cup day.  There are also cards at Fakenham over the sticks and at Lingfield and Chelmsford on the flat.  Eamon An Cnoic ran a cracker at Cheltenham yesterday to finish fourth not beaten very far.  I thought at two out he was going to win but I did say he had each way claims.  There were certainly lots of close finishes throughout the day and it was a wonderful days action.  I wonder if anyone found the first three horses home in the mares novices' hurdle.  They were 50/1, 66/1 and 40/1.  Some people in our marquee must of as there seemed to be a lot of cheering!

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  Champers on Ice runs in the Pertemps Race

Cheltenham day 3 of course takes centre stage today but we have supporting cards at Market Rasen, Hexham and a flat card at Southwell.  David has two runners at Cheltenham, Champers on Ice and Eamon An Cnoic and both are ridden by Tom Scu.  Champers on Ice runs in the 2.10pm Pertemps handicap hurdle over three miles.  He has won four times in his career which includes a hurdle race at Cheltenham on heavy ground.  He was also third in the Albert Bartlett three years ago.  He made a nice comeback at Haydock last month on ground that was lively enough and with 10st13lb on his back we hope he has a good each way chance.  Eamon An Cnoic has 10st 7lb on his back in the 4.10pm Brown Advisory handicap chase over 2m5f.  He won last time out at Chepstow and ran well over course and distance at the November meeting.  He will also like the going and if he can reproduce his run of last time then we hope he also has a good each way chance.  At the moment it is pouring with rain here at Pond House so I think we might get a bit wet!

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               Bryony Frost & Me!

The great news to wake up to this morning is that Cheltenham is on, racing goes ahead!  There is also racing at Huntingdon, Lingfield and Kempton.  There was talk that high winds could force the abandonment of today's card but thankfully that has not happened.  There is of course more great action to look forward to today and some particular favourites in Altior and Tiger Roll take to the stage. Not sure I will be backing them at prices of 4/9 and 11/10 but I think they will win.

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      Warthog runs at Cheltenham today

There are four meetings today but if you are a jumps fan like me then these are the best four days of the year.  There is nothing quite like Cheltenham.  The roar, the atmosphere, the action on the track and seeing so many familiar faces.  We are once again hosting our marquee at Cheltenham and some people have been coming for many years and it is great to have a nice catch up and see them all.  David has one runner today, Warthog in the concluding race, the 4 mile National Hunt chase for amateur riders at 5.30pm.  There are 18 runners and Warthog is one of the outsiders but we think he will appreciate the step up in distance.  One of the top amateur jockeys, Richard Deegan is on board and although he would have to run to his absolute best form to have any chance, stranger things have happened!!  He has lots of ability, won't mind any rain and we shall just keep our fingers crossed.

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