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Delface produced a gutsy performance to land the 2m novices' handicap chase at Hereford yesterday afternoon.  Given a good, positive ride by Fergus Gillard, he jumped well until clouting the last couple of fences and after being headed at the last, he responded bravely to get back up by the narrowest of margins.  The members of the Pipe's Prospectors syndicate will be delighted I am sure.  Delface was beaten by a length in this race last year from a mark of 105 and prevailed this year by a nose from 104 so it looks like the handicapper had it absolutely right...you don't hear that very often, although I wouldn't be saying it if we were beaten by a nose!

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                   Bumpy Johnson
       Makes His Hurdling Debut Today

It is a busy day for the yard with six runners spread across two meetings today.  We have two runners at Wetherby, Ranco and Thedabber and four runners at Hereford, Bumpy Johnson, Delface, Miss Tynte and Elan De Balme.  The first runner of the day is Bumpy Johnson at Hereford in the first race, a novice hurdle due off at 12.05pm and Tom Scudamore rides.  He was impressive in winning a bumper at Fontwell on his sole start for the yard so far and is tackling hurdles for the first time this afternoon, although he has run in an Irish point to point.  He has a good engine and fingers crossed he should get our day off to a nice start.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Sedgefield and Southwell and all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  David has one runner today; Neon Moon who contests the bumper at Southwell.  Neon Moon (pictured above) makes his debut for the stable today having won an Irish point-to-point on his latest outing in September, looking a useful type in the process.  He goes nicely at home and should go well, although there look to be some other promising sorts in the line-up and this could prove to be a very decent bumper.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle and he has each-way claims.

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What an awesome performance from Main Fact to land the Stayers' handicap hurdle at Haydock on Saturday, in the process extending his unbeaten run to an incredible NINE wins.  It looked a hopeless case turning for home as he was pushed very wide on the final bend, but he found his stride in the straight and made his customary late rattle to pick off his rivals one by one until collaring the leader halfway up the run-in under a great ride from conditional jockey Fergus Gillard.  He is a remarkably tough and genuine horse who just doesn't seem to know when he is beaten.  Long may it continue!

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps fixtures from Exeter and Uttoxeter as well as an all-weather flat card from Wolverhampton.  David has two runners at each jumps card; Gabrielle du Seuil and Duc de Beauchene at Uttoxeter and Rathlin Rose and Flou Artsistique at Exeter.  Gabrielle du Seuil makes her debut for the stable in the mares' novices hurdle at 1.18pm.  She showed ability in two starts over hurdles in France, finishing fourth on both occasions and that would give her a chance, although she is entitled to improve after an absence of 568 days.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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The stable was among the winners again courtesy of the easy success of Sexy Lot (pictured above) in the concluding 2m3½f handicap hurdle at Chepstow yesterday afternoon.  Given a cool, confident ride by David Noonan, she closed on the clear leader two out, led at the last and quickened away for a decisive success.  This was a good piece of placement by David as she was competing without a penalty for her previous Ffos Las success and was 12lbs ahead of the handicapper - it is just a shame that Lingfield was abandoned on Tuesday as she was a very short price to oblige there as well!

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ascot, Catterick and Chepstow, whilst there is an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  David has two runners at Chepstow today; Dusky Hercules and Sexy Lot.  Dusky Hercules contests the 2m7f handicap hurdle at 2.15pm.  A winner last season at Exeter on soft ground, he is 4lbs higher today despite disappointing on his last start.  He will need to improve to figure given the competitive nature of the race for this grade, although he is still only lightly raced and could progress further yet.  Fergus Gillard takes the ride.

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