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Cheltenham Festival 2020

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There are now a few blank days from racing before the festive feast on Boxing Day.  I am not sure why we have no racing, I guess it is nice for the jockeys to have a couple of days off but to be honest all the staff and horses will be carrying on at home as normal.  David has entries at six of the seven meetings on Boxing day and while we might not have many runners shown on the ITV races we will be trying to sneak a winner or two around the country!  Declarations for Boxing Day are made on Monday so keep checking back here for more news of our runners throughout the week.  

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       Israel Champ - Winner at Ascot

It was a great performance by Israel Champ at Ascot yesterday as he won the Listed Bumper under Tom Scu.  Probably the second most hotly contested bumper after the Festivival Bumper he gave four pounds and a beating to some very useful rivals.  It was hard work in testing ground conditions on the track but he galloped on relentlessly to the line for an impressive win.  He was not bought to be a bumper horse and after slightly disappointing on his yard debut at Worcester he has done nothing but improve.  The Cheltenham Festival Bumper in March is now under consideration and I see the bookies have him pencilled in as favourite but I am sure there will be plenty of good horses still to come out from both sides of the Irish Sea!

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There are two jumps meetings today, Ascot and Uttoxeter and thankfully both have been the go ahead after torrential rain across the country.  There are also two flat meetings at Southwell and Wolverhampton and also one at Dundalk this evening.  David has one runner at Ascot, Israel Champ in the Listed bumper at 3.40pm.  As you would expect it looks a very competitive affair with some very nice young horses in the field.  Israel Champ was a good winner at Cheltenham last time under Tom Scu, leading all the way round and then fending off the challengers late on.  He has to carry a four pound penalty for that success against some tougher opposition but we hold him in high regard and hopefully he won't be too far away this afternoon.

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Following another 13mm of rain overnight at Pond House, I can't say that I am surprised to hear that they have decided to hold an early morning inspection at Exeter ahead of their meeting this afternoon.  Fortuntately it was given the go ahead so there are four meetings taking place with jumps cards from Exeter and Hereford supported by all-weather flat fixtures from Southwell and Wolverhampton.  David has three runners at Exeter this afternoon; Ghost Serge, Little Red Lion and Great Tempo (pictured above).

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newbury and Ludlow and a couple of all-weather flat fixtures from Newcastle and Lingfield.  The good news is that Ludlow passed an early morning inspection and their meeting goes ahead.  The not so good news is that there are no runners from the Pond House team today.  Even so, there is some good racing to look forward to, not least at Newbury where they have some big fields to pick your way through.

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Following the abandonment of Lingfield yesterday ahead of today's fixture, we are left with just two jumps meetings from Catterick and Fakenham.  They obviously haven't suffered as badly with the rainfall with both courses currently describing their going as good/soft (soft in places).  There are no runners from the stable today and Pond House jockey's Tom Scudamore and David Noonan are without rides at either meeting.  Sounds like an ideal opportunity for the pair to go out and do their Christmas shopping!

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What an amazing weekend for the yard with an across the card double at Cheltenham and Hereford on Saturday. Warthog (pictured above) was a brave winner of the feature Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham under an inspired ride from David Noonan, whilst Buster Edwards was a ready winner of the staying handicap hurdle at Hereford under Nick Scholfield. With Eamon An Cnoic finishing second, Stream Lady third (in the valuable mares' final at Hereford) and Queens Cave fifth, all five of our runners over the weekend picked up prize money. The double moved us onto 45 winners for the season, already surpassing last season's total...and it is not even Christmas yet!

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