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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Wincanton and Catterick and all-weather flat fixtures from Newcastle and Wolverhampton.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today, although David Noonan and Fergus Gillard have both picked up outside rides at Wincanton, whilst Tom Scudamore has gone all the way to Catterick for one ride for his brother.  It's a round trip of some 600 miles, so let's hope that it goes well, otherwise it is going to be a long journey home.

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Following the abandonment of Ffos Las today due to waterlogging, we are left with only three meetings to look forward to.  There are jumps fixtures from Ayr and Plumpton as well as an all-weather flat card from Kempton.  The ground at the Welsh track can get extremely testing but it is a shame the fixture has had to be cancelled as Little Red Lion and Bumpy Johnson were intended runners at the meeting.  It means that there are no runners from the Pond House team this afternoon and none until Wednesday at the earliest where we have entries at Newbury and Lingfield - declarations for those are made this morning at 10am.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Carlisle and Southwell and an all-weather flat fixture from Lingfield.  David has one runner today as Do Ya Feel Lucky makes her debut for the stable in the 2m4½f conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at Southwell at 2.30pm.  A winner over hurdles in Ireland, she produced her best performance last time over fences when an excellent second to Anything Will Do, form which reads well in this context. She is down in trip today, although she should be able to handle it and looks to have solid prospects in the hands of Fergus Gillard who takes 3lbs off her back.

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Make Me A Believer (pictured above) produced a lovely performance to win the novices' hurdle at Cheltenham yesterday on only his second start over timber.  He jumped and travelled well throughout and rallied bravely when headed at the last to overturn the favourite on the run-in.  A winning point-to-pointer and bumper scorer, he looks sure to be suited by further in time and is certainly a chaser in the making so it is very encouraging that he is able to show such a good level of form over 2m1f and hurdles.  He looks a bright prospect for the future for owners Professor Caroline Tisdall and Jane Gerard-Pearse.

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The stable continues in good form and we enjoyed a winner at Taunton yesterday when Paricolor (pictured above) ran out a decisive winner of the selling hurdle.  He has been doing very well of late and was completing a hat-trick here under Fergus Gillard who gave him a good, positive ride despite a few sticky jumps early on.  Indeed. we were unlucky not to score with our other runner as well as Mr Clarkson would surely have gone very close in the novices' handicap chase but for sprawling on landing at the penultimate fence and unseating David Noonan.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newcastle, Warwick and our local track, Taunton, whilst there is an all-weather flat fixture from Chelmsford City.  David has two runners today at Taunton; Paricolor and Mr Clarkson.  Paricolor (pictured above) contests the 2m½f selling hurdle at 12.07pm.  Our four year old has been in good form of late, rattling off two successes in similar company at Leicester, including when beating principal rival Chef de Troupe last time.  We are worse off at the weights today, which should make things harder, although conditions should suit our gelding and he looks to have very good claims with winning rider Fergus Gillard taking 5lbs off his back.

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                  First Lot Gallops

With the abandonment of Leicester due to waterlogging there are no runners from Pond House today. Paricolor and Sexy Lot were both due to be well on their way to the track by this time but are instead preparing for an exercise on our gallops this morning!  We have in fact declared Paricolor to run at Taunton tomorrow and Sexy Lot will now head to Wincanton next week instead.  With no Leicester, it means we are left with just one jumps meeting today at Hexham and two on the all-weather at Lingfield and Kempton.  In form jockey Conor O'Farrell heads to Hexham today for three rides and his best chance looks to be Cudgel in the 2.25pm handicap hurdle.  The horse actually won the corresponding race 12 months ago and won on his seasonal reappearance last time.  He looks to have a good chance today and is 4/1 second in the betting.

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