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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon, but they are both over the sticks with the action coming from Aintree and Wincanton.  They look to be decent cards too and David is represented by Dell' Arca at Aintree, whilst Miss M contests the charity race at Wincanton.  Dell' Arca (pictured above) runs in the Pertemps qualifier at Aintree over three miles at 1.50pm.  He actually won the race last season from a 3lbs lower mark and whilst he is another year older, he remains as enthusiastic as ever.  He clearly likes the course and distance, whilst the prevailing good ground should not be an inconvenience.  It is a very competitive race and he has to give weight to all of his rivals, but he should give a good account once again.  Fergus Gillard is in the saddle and claims 3lbs off his back.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Cheltenham and Kelso, flat fixtures from Doncaster and Newbury and an all-weather card from Chelmsford City.  David has three runners today; one on the flat at Newbury and a couple at Cheltenham.  Nordic Combined is the first of them as he contests the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at Cheltenham at 1.45pm.  A winner at Hexham in May, he remains 6lbs higher than that mark so more is required.  He has gone well here in the past though and it would be no surprise to see him thereabouts again under Fergus Gillard.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Cheltenham, flat cards from Doncaster and Newbury and an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  It is great to be back at Cheltenham for their season opening meeting and David has two runners at the home of jumps racing; Siruh du Lac and Elan de Balme, whilst Flammarion competes on the flat at Newbury.  Siruh du Lac (pictured above) makes his seasonal reappearance back over timber in the 3m novices' hurdle at 3.05pm.  A Cheltenham Festival winner over fences, he has had just one run for the stable when unlucky to unseat in the Paddy Power Gold Cup last year.  He shapes as though he will enjoy this longer trip and should be thereabouts with Tom Scudamore in the saddle.  He is an exciting horse for the season ahead.

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                       ***UPDATE***
                    ONEONECHOP N/R
                       Newton Abbot

There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ludlow, Newton Abbot and Carlisle, whilst there is an all-weather flat card from Wolverhampton.  The good news is that after a precautionary inspection, Newton Abbot gets the go ahead to race, although conditions will be very testing with the ground currently described as heavy.  We had 35mm of rain overnight and 21mm the day previous.  The winter ground has definitely arrived at Newton Abbot, although at Ludlow the going is officially good (and watered!).

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Newmarket, an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton and jumps cards from Worcester and Fontwell today.  David has two runners today; Mr Tambourine Man and Nabvutika, who both run at Worcester.  Mr Tambourine Man (pictured above, courtesy of Jon Partridge) contests the 2m4f Fixed Brush novices' handicap hurdle final at 3.58pm having finished runner-up in one of the qualifiers.  He is 2lbs higher today and this is tougher again, but he shouldn't mind the easing ground and looks to have each-way claims in an open race.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps fixture from Exeter, a flat card from Yarmouth and action on the all-weather from Newcastle and Kempton.  David has two runners today at Exeter; Oneonechop and Story Of Friends (pictured above).  Oneonechop contests the amateur riders' handicap hurdle at 1.30pm.  He has shown ability over hurdles, finishing in the frame on several occasions, although he needs to bounce back from a couple of disappointing efforts to figure.  The ground should suit, although he is yet to prove that he will stay 2m2½f on a stiff track.  Jo Supple is in the saddle.

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Leoncavallo ran a great race to finish third in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las on Saturday.  Prominent throughout, he still had every chance when blundering at the penultimate flight.  He stuck on well nonetheless but was just run out of second close home.  A thoroughly likeable type who runs well in all of the best handicaps, he richly deserves a big one for himself.  Umbrigado was a little disappointing - he was still in touch and seemingly going okay when a bad error three from home put paid to his chances.

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