NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat Nov 09
Aintree, Kelso, Wincanton
Sun Nov 10
Ffos Las, Sandown
Mon Nov 11
Carlisle, Kempton, Stratford

Cheltenham Festival 2020

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There was a great win for Queens Cave (pictured above) at Exeter yesterday afternoon when she ran out a convincing winner of the mares' novices hurdle to brighten a dark and dingy day.  An excellent second after a lay-off last time, it is great to see her back in the winners' enclosure.  She is a lovely mare and hopefully she can go on to better things from here.  Nordic Combined ran another solid race to finish third in the handicap hurdle and it is surely only a matter of time before he gets his head in front.  Midnight Magic was still in with every chance when falling at the penultimate fence and he seemed to be handling the soft ground just fine, so that will open up more opportunities for him.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with all of the action coming over the sticks at Bangor, Exeter and Ayr.  The going at Exeter today is soft (good/soft in places), whilst Bangor and Ayr are both currently heavy.  It sounds obvious, but if you are thinking of having a wager, make sure that your selection is going to handle a bit of cut in the ground.  David has four runners today at Exeter; Mrs Miggins, Midnight Magic, Nordic Combined and Queens Cave (pictured above on the gallops).

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with the action coming just over jumps with fixtures from Huntingdon, Hereford and Lingfield.  There is a real mix of ground with Huntingdon advertising good going, Hereford good/soft (soft in places) and Lingfield heavy - there should be something for everyone!  Meanwhile, over in Ireland their card from Fairyhouse goes ahead after passing an early morning inspection.  They abandoned yesterday's meeting so you can be sure that it is going to be pretty testing and it would be no surprise to see a non-runner or two.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today, although stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a couple of outside rides at Hereford and David Noonan has three mounts at Lingfield.  Let's hope they have a good day.

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What a fabulous training performance from David to get Champers On Ice back to the winners' enclosure for the first time in almost three years when running out a comfortable winner of the staying handicap hurdle at Ffos Las yesterday afternoon.  Making all the running under Tom Scudamore, he kept finding more to win by 3¼ lengths, conceding 9lbs to the runner-up.  It wasn't his finest round of jumping so hopefully there will be further improvement there and he can go on from here.  Delface also performed with credit when third in the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle to finish third - he will be suited by a stiffer test of stamina.

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 Rathlin Rose runs at his favourite Sandown

There are two jumps meetings today at Ffos Las and Sandown and there is also jumps racing in Ireland at Navan.  David has three runners, Champers on Ice and Delface at Ffos Las and Rathlin Rose at Sandown.  Champers on Ice runs in the 3.05pm handicap hurdle over three miles with Tom Scu on board.  He will love all the rain that falls at the track and is in good form at home.  He only had two runs last season and returned from injury to finish a good fourth at Haydock and while he pulled up at the Cheltenham Festival the ground was not soft enough.  He is nine years old but does not have many miles on the clock and certainly retains his ability that saw him finish third in the Albert Bartlett a few years ago.  It is a good starting point for him this season and we are hopeful of a good run.

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    First Lord Du Cuet runs at Wincanton

There is racing from over jumps from Aintree, Kelso and Wincanton today and David has one runner at Wincanton, First Lord Du Cuet.  He runs in the first race 12.40pm a novice hurdle over 1m7f and David Noonan rides.  It is his first start over hurdles but he was runner up on his stable debut in a bumper at Taunton before going one place better next time at Plumpton in March.  He is also a an Irish point to point winner who has schooled well at home and although it looks a competitive race on paper he is a nice youngster and we hope he should run well.  There is extra pressure for David as he is owned by Mr Potter, his father and father in law to be also!! 

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Daklondike ran an absolute cracker to finish runner-up at Newbury yesterday afternoon on his first hurdles start since April 2017.  We did say that he had the ability to be involved and I hope that a few of you were on at big odds - he even touched 66/1 before being returned at 40's which seems ludicrous given his latent ability.  Anyway, this was a lovely pipe-opener for the new season and he looks sure to be winning races this term over hurdles or fences based on this evidence.  He holds an entry in the Ladbroke Chase (formerly the Hennessy) at Newbury next month.

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