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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 are seven races on ITV4 this afternoon with some big names on show at Kempton and Warwick.  David has no runners but there is some good action at both tracks supported by Wetherby over jumps and Lingfield and Chelmsford on the flat There is also some good jumping in Ireland at Fairyhouse.  The feature race of the day at Warwick is the Classic staying chase and this is a race that can provide some clues to the Grand National itself.  In fact I was reading in the Racing Post that since the year 2000 34 horses have gone on to run at Aintree after running in this race.  13 completed the Grand National course, five finished in the first seven and there have been two winners.  These were Auroras Encore in 2013 and One For Arthur in 2017.  The favourite this afternoon is the David Bridgwater trained The Conditional ridden by Brendan Powell who brings some very good form to the table.  He is my selection for the race and who knows could we see him in the big one at Aintree in April?

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Sedgefield and Huntingdon and all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  There are no runners from the stable today.  It looks as though stable jockey Tom Scudamore has decided to take the day off, although David Noonan heads all the way to Huntingdon for just one ride and it looks as though he has a decent chance as well.  Let's hope that he is successful, otherwise it is going to be a long journey home for the young Irishman.

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*** UPDATE  - LEICESTER ABANDONED***

There are four meetings taking place on these shores this afternoon with jumps cards from Catterick and Leicester as well as all-weather flat cards from Newcastle and Chelmsford City.  Mind you, Leicester need to pass an early morning inspection before their meeting can go ahead.  Following heavy rain the hurdle course is soft (heavy in places) so we will have to wait and see what happens.  There are no runners from Pond House today but jockey David Noonan will still be waiting on the outcome of the inspection as he has an outside ride booked at the meeting.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Ludlow supported by two all-weather flat meetings from Newcastle and Kempton.  They have produced some decent ground and with there being just one jumps fixture, it has drawn a number of decent sized fields.  Tom Scudamore has picked up an outside ride at the meeting.  There are no runners from the Pond House team with the next possible racecourse representatives coming at Leicester tomorrow.  Declarations for that meeting take place at 10am this morning.

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Ghost Serge consented to jump off with the field last night at Wolverhampton and he did not fare too badly, sticking on and passing horses in the straight.  He last ran on the level in 2018 at this sort of trip, although based on this evidence he looks sure to appreciate further nowadays.  It was a relief to see him complete and at least now there is something to build on.  He certainly has plenty of ability and I am sure David will find a way to unlock it.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Chepstow and Ayr and an all-weather flat card fixture from Wolverhampton.  David has one runner today as Ghost Serge competes on the 1m1½f flat handicap at Wolverhampton at 6.15pm.  He certainly possesses plenty of ability but is not entirely straight forward as he has refused to race on his most recent outings over the jumps.  He makes his debut on Wolverhampton's tapeta surface and Finley Marsh is in the saddle.  He claims a handy 3lbs off his back.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Plumpton and an all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  David has just one runner today as Rathlin Rose (pictured above) contests the feature race, the Sussex National at Plumpton at 2.40pm.  Our popular veteran ran was not at all discredited last time out in the Welsh National and whilst this is another competitive contest, he should still find this less demanding.  He is feasibly treated on old form but would need to improve on his most recent efforts to figure here.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle today.

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