NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Thu Jul 18
Worcester
Sat Jul 20
Cartmel, Market Rasen
Sun Jul 21
Newton Abbot, Stratford

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I thought that both of our runners at Uttoxeter last night performed creditably.  Ourmullion finished third having been in front at the last although he weakened on the run-in.  Naasir looked an unlucky when unseating his jockey at the last and should be making amends in the near future.  Mrs Miggins was second in the 2m7½f handicap hurdle, trying to concede 23lbs to the winner.  She was 12 lengths in front of the third so I don't suppose that the handicapper will be dropping her anytime soon.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Brighton, Wolverhampton and Pontefract as well a jumps card from Uttoxeter.  David has two runners at Uttoxeter today; Ourmullion and Mrs Miggins.  Ourmullion contests the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at 5.50pm.  He has finished third on his last couple of starts over hurdles so clearly possesses ability.  Jonjo O'Neill Jr has been booked to ride so that must be considered a positive.  Mrs Miggins (pictured above) runs in the 2m7½f handicap hurdle at 8.00pm.  She was a course winner three weeks ago over 2m4f and this longer trip should not inconvenience her.  She is 7lbs higher in the weights today but that would not have stopped her last time so a similar level of for would see her go close.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Ayr, Ripon and Windsor as well as a jumps fixture from Worcester.  David has two runners today at Worcester; Aldrin and Great Tempo.  Aldrin (pictured above) contests the 2m handicap hurdle at 4.45pm.  Our six year old has won three of his seven starts over hurdles, each time on good ground so the underfoot conditions should suit.  He has also won on this track although is 8lbs higher than his last winning rating so a personal best is required here.  Given his relatively low mileage that is not out of the question and he has decent claims under Tom Scudamore.  Great Tempo runs in the 2m7f handicap hurdle at 5.15pm.  He ran well enough over fences last time at Ffos Las and the handicapper has given him a chance on a mark of 93.  He will stay and should go close, although he doesn't win as often as he ought to.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Ayr and a jumps fixture from Market Rasen.  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 afternoon off as well.  I see that racecourse officials are putting plenty of water onto the tracks to keep the ground safe.  The trouble with the weather is that it has been so hot and sunny that the ground dries out at a remarkable rate...I know this because Mrs Barnes has been complaining about the amount of water she has been putting on our garden.  No doubt I will be the one who's moaning when I get the water bill!

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We had three runners yesterday afternoon at Newton Abbot and Noel's Boy (pictured above) fared the best of them, finishing runner-up in the bumper.  Our four year old was only having his second ever start (having finished second in a point-to-point) and he ran well behind a very promising looking winner despite still showing signs of inexperience.  He was purchased for £12,000 at Ascot earlier in the year and is looking like another good value buy based on this evidence.  He can only improve for the run and should be more than capable of winning something similar before long.

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       Malangen runs at Newton Abbot

Today there are six meetings.  Flat cards at Sandown, Doncaster, Haydock, Beverley and Chelmsford plus a jumps card at Newton Abbot.  David has three runners at Newton Abbot this afternoon.  Malangen makes his chasing debut in the 2.40pm novices handicap chase.  We is a course winner who has won three hurdle races.  He only carries 10st as he received a nice four year old allowance and he has schooled well at home.  With a nice clear round he should not be too far away.  Hot Ryan runs in the 3.15pm selling handicap hurdle.  She was a good third at Uttoxeter last time out not beaten very far and a repeat of that run should see her go close.  Noel's Boy is our final runner of the day in the bumper at 4.55pm.  He finished second in his only start in and Irish point to point.  He has had wind surgery and goes nicely at home so it will be interesting to see how he gets on.  Tom Scudamore rides all three of the runners today.

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Skinflint finished runner-up at Worcester last night in the 2m4f conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle.  He was a long way in front of the third, 20 lengths in fact and looks as though a return to three miles and possibly fences would suit.  Regardless, he has shown more than enough to think that he will be winning sooner rather than later.

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