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Thu Feb 28
Ludlow, Taunton
Fri Mar 01
Doncaster, Newbury
Sat Mar 02
Doncaster, Kelso, Newbury

The Grand National 2019

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Wincanton, Market Rasen and Ludlow, whilst there is an all-weather flat card from Newcastle.  David has one runner today as Friday Night Light (pictured above) contests the 2m2½f handicap hurdle at Market Rasen at 1.35pm.  It is a tight little race despite there only being seven runners with the bookies going 9/2 co-favourites of three the field.  Friday Night Light is back down to a handy mark which is lower than when runner-up at Taunton and Ascot last term.  He would have claims on that basis, although he will need to improve on his most recent outings, although they did come in a much higher grade.  Tom Scudamore and David Noonan head to Wincanton where they have both picked up some outside rides.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newbury and Plumpton as well as a couple of all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Kempton.  I wonder if the race planners have a map of the country?  How close together are these courses?  Unfortunately, if you live up north it is a case of on your bike!  David has one runner at both jumps fixtures.  Percy Street contests the 1.10pm race at Newbury, a 2m½f handicap hurdle.  He has been running consistently well without winning but has been creeping up the weights as a result.  In a tight little race, he looks to have each-way prospects again under David Noonan.  Tom Scudamore is aboard Three Star General (pictured above) who goes in the 3m1f handicap hurdle at 2.35pm.  He will handle the ground and is another with an each-way chance.

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It looks like being a quiet day today.  There are three meetings taking place today; a jumps card from Lingfield and two all-weather flat cards from Newcastle and Kempton.  There are no runners from Pond House today, whilst Tom Scudamore, David Noonan and our young amateur jockey Fergus Gillard have all picked up one outside ride each at Lingfield.  I don't think I will be using the 'one ride theory' today however.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Fontwell and Ffos Las as well as an all-weather flat card from Wolverhampton.  David has four runners at Ffos Las; Great Tempo, Nordic Combined, Easter Eric and Martabot.  Great Tempo (pictured above) contests the 2m6f handicap hurdle at 1.30pm - he finished third at Ludlow last time over three miles and this more galloping track should suit.  He has been placed from higher marks over fences and while he is an infrequent winner, he should go well again under David Noonan.  Nordic Combined runs in the 2m novices' hurdle at 2.05pm.  He finished a good second to Rathill at Newbury last time and if runs anywhere near that sort of form he should be a good thing although his odds will reflect that.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Kelso supported by an all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  Unsurprisingly there are no runners from Pond House today, although we are likely to be back tomorrow with representatives at Ffos Las.  Meanwhile, there is a good card at Punchestown in Ireland today that features a Grade 2 hurdle and a Grade 3 chase with some good prize money on offer.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Warwick, Kempton and Wetherby as well as two all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Newcastle.  David has one runner today as dual Cheltenham Festival hero Un Temps Pour Tout (pictured above) makes his first start over fences since the second of those fabulous successes in March 2017, although he did have a run over hurdles back in November.  He contests the 3m5f handicap chase at 3.00pm and carries top weight of 11-12.  He would have to be at his very best to win this from a mark which is incredibly still 3lbs higher than when he won...the handicapper certainly hasn't taken any chances with him.  He is a 14/1 chance today and would have each way claims under Tom Scudamore.  Tom has picked up five rides at the meeting, whilst David Noonan heads up to Wetherby where he has just one ride...and the answer to your question is no!

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Huntingdon and Sedgefield as well as all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  There are no runners from Pond House today and it looks as though stable jockeys Tom Scudamore and David Noonan have decided to take the day off as well.  Meanwhile, over in Ireland I see that the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board have decided to put five year bans on any Irish based jockeys testing positive for cocaine.  Is this the best way to get the message across?  I suppose something needed doing...they have already handed out a five year and four year ban and there is another case about to get underway.  Do the jockeys need banning or do they actually need help?

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