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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Uttoxeter and Kelso.  David has two runners today at Uttoxeter, Colony Queen and Katpoli.  Both are making their debuts for the Pond House team with Colony Queen the first of those as she contests the maiden hurdle at 1.08pm.  A multiple winner at upto 1m3½f on the flat, she was the best of those with form on the level.  She has her first start over hurdles today and has schooled well at home and looks to have Are U Wise To That to beat.  Tom Scudamore takes the mount.

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We were narrowly denied in the staying handicap chase at Fontwell yesterday afternoon, with d'Jango being beaten only a neck.  He certainly has his own way of negotiating fences and yesterday was not one of his more fluent rounds, which is a shame as just one more accurate jump was probably the difference between victory and defeat.  He stuck to his task bravely nonetheless and is certainly capable of winning again from this sort of mark.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Fontwell and Hexham, a flat fixture from Ascot and all-weather action from Newcastle.  David has one runner today at Fontwell, d'Jango (pictured above), who contests the 3m2f conditional jockeys' handicap chase at 1.40pm.  It is a very tight little race despite there being only five runners.   d'Jango has been in good form so far this season, winning twice and was far from disgraced when second behind likely favourite Minella Voucher at Newton Abbot a fortnight ago.  He has a pull at the weights which could see him turn that form around with a clear round of jumping.  Philip Armson takes 3lbs off his back.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card at Warwick, a flat fixture from Salisbury and something of an all-weather bonanza with cards from Lingfield, Chelmsford City and Wolverhampton.  David has one runner today as Dindin contests the 2m4f handicap chase at Warwick.  He was a winner over course and distance nine days ago and runs from the same mark today, so has obvious claims on that basis.  He was narrowly beaten from the same mark a couple of days ago at Southwell, but his jumping wasn't as fluent as it could have been.  Should be right there again with Philip Armson in the saddle.

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The stable was back among the winners at Southwell yesterday courtesy of the facile success of Red Happy in the 3m novices' hurdle.  His task was made considerably easier by the defection of his most likely market rival, but he put up a good performance nonetheless, coasting home to win by 41 lengths under Tom Scudamore.  A winner seven times over fences, this was his first win over hurdles, although he looks equally adept over the smaller obstacles and looks more than capable of winning something similar under a penalty.  This was his fifth success for us since purchasing him from a French claimer and he is yet another good buy from this source.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Sedgefield and Southwell, a flat fixture from Ayr and all-weather action from Wolverhampton.  David has two runners today at Southwell: Dindin and Red Happy.  The former was a good winner at Warwick last week over this sort of trip and as that was a conditional jockeys' race, he can run today without a penalty, meaning that he is 5lbs ahead of the handicapper.  If he performs to a similar level, he has obvious claims under Philip Armson.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Newton Abbot, flat fixtures from Hamilton and Ffos Las and all-weather action from Newcastle.  David has four runners at Newton Abbot today; Ben Lilly, Kalma, Nordic Combined (pictured above, courtesy of Kay Hornbrook) and Cadeau d'Or.  The first of them is Ben Lilly, who contests the 3m2½f novices' handicap hurdle at 2.18pm.  He was a good third over course and distance last time out and runs from the same mark today.  He has to contend with topweight of 12-1 but should be thereabouts once again with Fergus Gillard in the saddle.

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