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Despite the Prime Minister's announcement that the nation is to go into lockdown with immediate effect, things carry on very much as normal at Pond House...for now.  Let's hope that the sport as a whole is able to demonstrate that it is able to continue safely behind closed doors and does not become a scapegoat for the continuing escalation of Coronavirus cases.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Fakenham supported by all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  David has two runners at Fakenham today; Paricolor and Orchard Thieves.  Paricolor (pictured above) comes here on a roll having won his last three starts and takes in the 2m4f handicap hurdle at 1.25pm which offers some decent prize money.  Fergus Gillard gets on very well with our five year old, having scored on him five times, although his recent good form does put him on a career high mark of 125 so things are going to be tougher.  Conditions should suit and he should go well in this competitive contest - it is just a shame the non-runner means there are only two places for each-way purposes.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Plumpton and Catterick and and all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  David has one runner today as popular veteran Rathlin Rose (pictured above) takes in the Sussex National at Plumpton at 2.25pm.  He finished third in the race last year, beaten only 3½ lengths and is now 5lbs lower in the weights.  He may be a teenager now, but he retains all of his ability and was only narrowly beaten last time out at Doncaster.  He may be vulnerable to an improver but he looks to hold solid each-way claims.  Fergus Gillard is in the saddle and is excellent value for his 5lbs claim.

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Another cold start again today, although at least is isn't as bad as it has been the last couple of days.  Following the abandonment of Hereford earlier in the week, we are left with four meetings today which isn't very many for a Saturday but at least they should all get the go ahead with no anticipated problems at present.  There are jumps cards from Ayr and Sandown as well as a couple of all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today, although Tom Scudamore and David Noonan have both picked up outside rides at Sandown.  Tom goes there for one, whilst David has three and they look to have a chance or two between them so let's there is a winner in it for them.

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Well, Happy New Year everyone!  2020 certainly had it's challenges so let's hope that 2021 is better.  Things can only get better, right?  Right?!  It's not the most promising start to '21 with the abandonment of Cheltenham but as it stands, there are three cards to look forward to today.  There are jumps fixtures from Musselburgh and Exeter and an all-weather flat card from Southwell.  Exeter have to survive a precautionary inspection at 9.30am and with temperatures at the yard standing at -4ºc this morning, if I were a betting man I wouldn't fancy their chances.  Let's hope the sunrise brings an increase in temperature and does so a bit sharpish!

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The stable enjoyed another success at Taunton yesterday when Little Red Lion ran out a brave winner of the 2m7f novices' handicap chase for the David Pipe Racing Club.  He had taken up the running on the home turn but had just been headed at the last when the eventual third started to veer across the track, opening the door again for our brave six year old who ran straight and true to the line under Fergus Gillard.  He is now the winner of both of his completed starts over fences and is a progressive staying chaser.  The course would have been plenty sharp enough for him and he will certainly appreciate a more galloping track.

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Panic Attack was the ready winner of the mares' handicap hurdle at Newbury yesterday afternoon.  Prominent throughout, she jumped into the lead at the third last before powering clear between the last two flights of hurdles under Tom Scudamore.  Her jumping was extremely good and it looks for all the world as though she will stay a bit further, whilst she would also appear better suited by a flatter track.  You couldn't help but be impressed by the manner of victory and she remains an exciting prospect going forward.

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