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   Happy Birthday Chester Barnes! (right)

Unfortunately there is no jumps racing in Britain today as both Wincanton and Catterick's meeting fell victim to the weather.  There was brief hope yesterday morning as Wincanton passed it's 8am check and went for another look at 4pm but by 2pm yesterday afternoon there was insufficient improvement at the Somerset track and the meeting was called off.  Catterick called their meeting off yesterday afternoon also and so it means we are left with just all-weather action to watch over here at Lingfield and Kempton but there is some jumping in Ireland at Thurles.  We were due to have two runners at Wincanton, Bumpy Johnson and Sexy Lot who were both declared but Bumpy Johnson has a few options later in the week and the plan is now to run Sexy Lot at Huntingdon on Friday.

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There is no jumps action in England today with Leicester having being called off even before entry stage and Kelso falling victim to the weather yesterday.  There was due to be some jumps racing in Ireland at Down Royal but that has just been called off after an early morning inspection.  I was going to say at least we have some all-weather action to watch but there is in fact an 8am inspection at Wolverhampton this morning due to the threat of snow. Fingers crossed that will be on and we will have so flat racing from there and also from Southwell today.  Prospects do not look a whole lot better for racing on Wednesday in Britain either with both Catterick and Wincanton inspecting today.  Wincanton are having a look at 8am while Catterick are expected to announce a time for some point today.  I see there were some cries on social media up North as to why for example the Kelso fixture could not be arranged sor a day later this week.  They have had 8 fixtures in the North cancelled recently so I think if the track is keen, why not?  They do this in Ireland and it seems to work really well so I definitely think it is something the BHA should consider doing.

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On writing we are waiting to hear news if Plumpton gets the go ahead for racing to be on today as we have two runners if it is (now a 10am inspection).  Hugo N Taz and Poker Play are actually already on their way to the South coast as we have to prepare like racing will be on.  The only thing I will say is that hopefully they haven't had as low a temperatures as we have had overnight.  -4c was the reading on my car this morning and the windscreen took a bit of de-icing! There was an 8am inspection at Plumpton and temperatures weren't forecast to be quite as low at the course but they are now taking a second look at 10am.  Hugo N Taz runs in the 2.50pm handicap chase with David Noonan on board.  He disappointed on his seasonal reappearance at Wincanton but he has had a little winder operation since then and we are hopeful of a better run this afternoon.  He won the Lincolnshire National last season for us and then the handicapper hiked him up a fair bit for this.  He has dropped a little in the weights and this race represents a drop in class.  It is quite a competitive little race and although the tight track may not play to his strengths he is in good form at home and fingers crossed he can run well.

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You may or may not realise if you are a daily reader of this blog that Sunday's offering is quite often written in advance so it is not always totally up-to-date with winners and the daily goings on.  I do apologise for this a little bit but David is kind and does let us have one day off a week!  On writing this I do hope that Eamon An Cnoic has run well at Taunton yesterday (fingers crossed I really hope so as I have always had a soft spot for this horse ever since he arrived!).  I also hope that racing goes ahead at both Hereford (3.00pm inspection Saturday afternoon) and Thurles (no idea if any inspection but there probably is!).  If they do that is great and we have nice action to watch, if not I am afraid we are just left with Lingfield on the all-weather to keep us entertained.  While I am not a great lover of the all-weather, it is good to have something to watch! We do not have any runners from Pond House today.

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Despite temperatures dropping to below freezing overnight in the west country we are pleased to report that racing at Taunton has passed its inspection and racing goes ahead.  Racing is also on at Ascot and Haydock as well and so there is some top class action to watch this afternoon.  Eamon An Cnoic is our only runner of the day and he goes in the 2.45pm seniors handicap hurdle with David Noonan on board.  He was disappointing when last seen in action at Cheltenham in November but returns to the smaller obstacles for the first time since 2018.  We are hoping to capitalise on his lower hurdle rating and he is right at the bottom of the weights in this competitive looking contest.  He is in very good form at home and won't mind conditions.  Fingers crossed he can show all his old sparkle and he looks a good each way price at 12/1.

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Brinkley Winner at Wincanton & 1353 for Tom

It was fantastic to have Brinkley bounce back to form to win at Wincanton yesterday and in the process giving Tom Scu his 1353rd winner of his career, thus moving him above Noel Fehily in the all time number of winners ridden list, to ninth position.  So this is a fantastic achievement for Tom and it was brilliant for owners of Brinkley, Garth and Anne Broom who are great supporters of Pond House.  Our handsome grey was disappointing on his seasonal return at Exeter last time for which we were left scratching our heads as to a reason why but it was great he showed us is true colours yesterday.  He is a powerful galloper in the mud and is doing all his best work at the end of his races.  The handicapper will have his say for this performance but while there is more improvement to come from our six year old, he is a real three mile chaser of the future.

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     Little Red Lion Winner at Chepstow

Little Red Lion loves the mud but it is fair to say it was perhaps a performance full of heart and bravery that got him over the line to win again at Chepstow yesterday.  While the track passed it's morning inspection the ground was very heavy and in fact was the lowest recorded reading on a going stick at any racetrack this season.  Apparently it read 2.5 which is worse than was recorded at Lingfield where they had the previously lowest figure - I am not sure what the figures really mean but it did look hard work watching on the telly!  Little Red Lion returned to hurdles for a confidence booster after falling at Wetherby last time.  He actually jumps fences very well and was a little unlucky last time but it was nice to be able to take advantage of a five pounds lower hurdle rating.  The blinkers were added to help him travel in the early part of the race as he can sometimes be a little lazy but they worked a treat and Fergus gave him a great ride, tackling the leader after the third last and having a sustained battle all the way up the home straight.  A good jump at the last sealed the deal and he was always just doing enough up the run in - he is one that is never going to win by too far which is good from a handicapping point of view!

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