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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Newmarket and Newcastle and jumps cards from Wetherby and Uttoxeter.  David has one runner today as Panic Attack contests the 2m mares' maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter at 1.25pm.  She ran a good first race over hurdles on her seasonal debut, finishing runner-up to a potentially very useful rival in Vegas Blue at Huntingdon.  She finished well clear of the remainder that day and this drop back in trip should not inconvenience at all.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle and she looks to have a very good chance.

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The stable enjoyed another success yesterday afternoon when To Fly Free (pictured above) ran out a gutsy winner of the juvenile hurdle at Fakenham.  She had been placed on her four previous starts over timber and richly deserved this victory.  Fergus Gillard gave her a well-judged ride, always having her in a good position and taking it up off the home turn.  She stuck on gamely after the last when it looked as though she may be challenged to land her first win over hurdles.  The drop back in trip, sharp track and the introduction of sheepskin cheekpieces all helped and she will have plenty more opportunities.  She is owned by the David Pipe Racing Club and the members were understandably delighted by the success.  You too can be a part of the fun - click here for more details.

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Main Fact (pictured above) continued his remarkable run of form with a facile success on the flat at Catterick yesterday taking his winning streak to a magnificent seven.  Owing to his previous success at Newbury being an apprentices' contest, he was able to compete unpenalised yesterday from the same mark of 60.  It didn't look plain sailing through the early stages as they went very quickly for the grade and Main Fact was detached at the back of the field under jockey Ben Curtis.  He picked off his rivals with the minimum of fuss though and was always in command in the straight, coming further and further clear to register an 11 length success.  He has now won his last seven starts (five over hurdles and two on the flat) and he holds a further entry at Newmarket on Friday, whilst there are other options for him so it would be no surprise to see him out again before long.  He takes his racing extremely well and absolutely revels in the deep ground.  What a star!

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Catterick and Southwell and a couple of jumps fixtures from Bangor and Chepstow.  The stable has one runner today as the incredible Main Fact bids for his seventh straight victory.  He was really progressive over hurdles last season, winning five on the bounce and looked like a well-handicapped horse when winning easily last week when reverted to the flat at Newbury.  He escapes a penalty for that success and is due to go up by 7lbs in future handicaps so looks sure to take plenty of beating again today in the hands of Ben Curtis.  The ground is currently soft and any further rain can only aid his chances.

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Dell' Arca rolled back the years with a sensational win at Aintree yesterday afternoon in the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle.  Our evergreen eleven year old led 2 out before drawing away on the run-in to score a ready victory under Fergus Gillard, a victory that was made all the sweeter as Fergus had his brother Theo back in second.  He has been a tremendous horse for the yard, winning over hurdles, fences on the flat and judged by this evidence, there are still races in him yet.  Iron Heart finished third in the juvenile hurdle at Wincanton.

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There are three jumps meetings taking place this afternoon with the action coming from Aintree, Hexham and Wincanton.  It is a busy day for the stable with a couple of runners at Aintree and two more at Wincanton.  Iron Heart and Teaser run at Wincanton, whilst popular veteran's Vieux Lion Rouge (pictured above) and Dell' Arca represent the Pond House team at Aintree.

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The stable enjoyed a winner on the flat yesterday afternoon with the amazing Main Fact (pictured above) continuing his winning streak from last jumps' season by bolting up on the level at Newbury in the apprentice jockeys' handicap.  He improved massively last season to win five consecutive races over hurdles, with his handicap mark rising to 147 and on that basis he looked well-treated on his return to the flat and he did not disappoint.  Held up in rear by Luke Catton, he made smooth headway in the straight before coming right away in the closing stages.  He has an incredible record on heavy ground and is entered again at Catterick on Tuesday and would escape a penalty for this success.  He would be sure to take some beating if turned out again.

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