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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon, but if you are a fan of the jumps you are out of luck.  The action comes from Salisbury, Thirsk and Windsor although the big race of the day is in Ireland where the Curragh host the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes for two year old's.  There is a strong English challenge care of The Lir Jet and Ventura Tormenta.  It is good to see some of the races from Salisbury, Thirsk and the Curragh being broadcast on ITV3.  Any coverage on terrestrial stations has to be considered a good thing and will hopefully continue to make the sport more accessible to casual viewers.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Ascot, Haydock and Newmarket's July course, whilst over the sticks there is action from Uttoxeter.  David has two runners this evening at Uttoxeter; Midnight Magic and Airton.  Midnight Magic (pictured above) contests the 3m handicap chase at 7pm and he ran well to finish a close third over course and distance last time from this mark.  The ground is a little quicker again which should suit him well and there is no reason why he should not be right there under regular rider David Noonan.  Airton represents the David Pipe Racing Club in the 2m7½f handicap hurdle at 8.30pm.  He took a step back in the right direction when a staying-on fifth at the track a fortnight ago and looks as though this longer trip should suit.  He has looked reasonably treated for a while and the fast ground will certainly suit so he cannot be dismissed, although he needs to improve.  Fergus Gillard is in the saddle and claims a handy 7lbs.

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There are a couple of abandonments to deal with today - Yarmouth, again sadly owing to the unsafe nature of the track and Hamilton, who can you believe it, had to abandon after heavy rain turned the course unraceable.  Nonetheless there are three meetings that will take place with flat cards from Sandown and Wolverhampton and a jumps fixture from Cartmel.  David has two runners at Cartmel; new recruit To Fly Free (pictured above) and Huccaby.

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The stable was a little unlucky yesterday afternoon with Mrs Miggins falling on her chase debut when still in with every chance at the penultimate fence.  She had jumped well until that point and was finding plenty when coming to grief.  Up until that point you could only be pleased with the performance under top weight of 12-7 and she showed more than enough to suggest that she will be winning something similar before long.  Percy Street also produced his best effort in a while when runner-up in the 2m5½f handicap hurdle, travelling sweetly until the closing stages.  A slow jump at the last put paid to his chances but this was a lot more like it and he can go one better, especially whilst the ground is on the quick side.

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The stable enjoyed a nice winner at Southwell last night when Malangen landed the 2m4½f claiming hurdle in good style.  Bought out of a seller on the flat as a three year old, he has proven to be a good purchase, now winning five times for us over hurdles and fences.  Four claims went in for him, but it was good to see him return to the stable and this success could be the ideal confidence booster for him.  He certainly travelled nicely and looks capable of winning again.  Our other runner, Collingwood Court took a step in the right direction in the maiden hurdle and looks as though he would benefit from a stiffer test of stamina.  It was a good night too for stable jockey Tom Scudamore, for whom Malangen was the middle leg of a treble.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Beverley, Catterick and Lingfield supported by a jumps card from Southwell.  David has two runners at Southwell; Malangen and Collingwood Court.  Malangen (pictured above) contests the 2m4½f claiming hurdle at 6.00pm.  He has done very well since joining us from the flat, winning over hurdles and fences but has been a little disappointing of late.  There are a couple of highly-rated opponents in the line-up meaning that he is going to have to improve on his most recent performances.  Still, he will like the ground and trip so could still go well under Tom Scudamore.  Our other runner is Collingwood Court who contests the 2m4½f maiden hurdle at 8.00pm.  The winner of a point-to-point in Ireland, he is certainly better than he has been able to show under rules thus far.  He will enjoy the prevailing ground conditions so hopefully he can show a bit more today.

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There are three flat meetings taking place this afternoon with the action all coming on the level from Haydock, Yarmouth and the traditional Monday night meeting from Windsor.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today, although we will be back with a couple of runners tomorrow at Southwell's additional jumps fixture.

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