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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with all the action coming on the level.  David does have one runner today as Jacbequick(pictured above) runs in the 1m3½f flat handicap at Bath at 4.35pm.  He had a great season on the flat last term, winning on three occasions and he looks sure to run a decent race once again.  He will like the ground, has won from this mark in the past and jockey Finley Marsh (who takes 3lbs off his back) has won on his as well.  He is likely to be around the 10/1 mark and has each-way claims.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newmarket, Ripon and Chelmsford as well as a jumps card from Cheltenham.  Despite there being a Group race on the flat card, Cheltenham offer better prize money than the flat fixture from Newmarket.  David has one runner today as Timeforben contests the 2m4½f Listed handicap hurdle.  Our seven year old mare is a real cracker who hardly ever seems to run a bad race.  She has won three times (albeit over further) with her last victory coming from a mark of 119.  She will need to improve again to defy a rating of 127 but has deliberately been given a break over the winter as she has a distinct preference for good ground, something she will certainly get here.  This is a very competitive contest but she is going to be a big price and looks worth a little each-way bet under Tom Scudamore.

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A foggy start to the day at Pond House today but hopefully that will burn off as the day goes on.  There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newmarket, Beverley and Southwell as well as a good jumps fixture from Cheltenham.  There are no runners from Pond House today although stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a spare ride at Cheltenham.  There are lots of runners there at present, so let's hope the ground (which is currently good) doesn't get any quicker otherwise I can see a raft of non-runners.  The big race of the day is the Craven Stakes at Newmarket at 3.35pm, traditionally one of the most informative Classic Trials.  Last year Masar ran out an easy winner with Roaring Lion third - the former went on to finish placed in the Guineas and win the Derby, whilst Roaring Lion finished placed in the Derby and won four Group One races including the Eclipse and Juddmonte International.  I wonder if it will prove such a good race this year?

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newmarket and Wolverhampton supported by a jumps fixture from Exeter.  David has two runners at Exeter; You Say What and Mount Nelly.  You Say What (pictured above) contests the 3m6½f handicap chase at 3.50pm and all three of his wins have come on this track, he was also runner-up over this trip from a higher mark.  The overnight rain will certainly have aided his prospects and he has each-way claims under Tom Scudamore.  Mount Nelly makes her debut for the stable in the 2m1f bumper at 5.35pm.  She finished third in a 2m point-to-point flat race, beaten in a three-way finish.  She is ridden by stable amateur Fergus Gillard who takes a handy 7lbs off her back.

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It was a good weekend for the stable with the success of Malangen (pictured above) at Bangor on Saturday afternoon.  He went on at the penultimate flight under Nick Schofield and despite being a bit untidy at those hurdles, he won well with eight lengths back to the runner-up.  He is in good form at present with this being his second win since the end of March.  Now that the penny has dropped, hopefully he can improve a bit more - he is sure to be going up a bit in the weights for this.  Up in Scotland I thought that both Rathlin Rose and Van Gogh du Granite outran their odds before stamina became an issue over the four mile trip.  The ground was plenty quick enough - the opening contest was won in a time almost 11 seconds faster than standard so that tells you how quick the ground was.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon but the good news is that they are both over the sticks with the action coming from Stratford and Wincanton.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although stable jockey Tom Scudamore heads to Wincanton for an outside ride whilst David Noonan has picked up three mounts at Stratford.  Let's hope the lads are lucky.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ayr and Bangor and flat fixtures from Newbury, Thirsk and Wolverhampton.  The big race of the day is undoubtedly the Scottish Grand National at Ayr at 3.35pm and David is doubly represented with Rathlin Rose (Tom Scudamore) and Van Gogh du Granite (David Noonan).  They filled the first two places in a veteran's chase at Ascot last time out but this 28 runner handicap over four miles is going to be a different kettle of fish altogether and both of our runners have to prove that they will stay this marathon trip.  They can be given place claims at fancy prices if they do.  Meanwhile, over at Bangor David runs Malangen in the 2m3½f handicap hurdle at 3.55pm.  He won a seller last time out at Exeter and has been put in as joint favourite by the post for this 0-100 event - a big run is expected under Nick Scholfield.

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