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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Goodwood, Yarmouth and Beverley.  That's three days in a row without all-weather racing!  I'm sorry if you're a fan, but I can't say I miss it that much.  The pick of today's action comes from Goodwood where they have a real mixed bag featuring Group 3 action at the top end and a seller at the opposite end of the spectrum.

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After a slightly murky start to the day, the sun has begun to burn off some of the early morning mist.  There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Cartmel and flat fixtures from Beverley, Newmarket, Goodwood, Windsor and Redcar...and once again, not an all-weather card anywhere.  What's going on?!  The pick of the action on these shores comes at Goodwood where they host Grade 2 and 3 events on the card.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Thirsk, Newmarket, Ffos Las, Hamilton and Goodwood.  I know, I can scarcely believe it either...not an all-weather card to be seen!  There was no measurable rainfall at Pond House overnight (and only 1mm from the previous 24 hours), but that was not the case in many parts of the south.  Heavy rainfall has clearly got into the ground at Newmarket (where they had been watering) and Goodwood where the official going is soft.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Carlisle and Ffos Las and all-weather action from Chelmsford City and Newcastle.  There are no concerns about field sizes today with Ffos Las offering good/soft ground, whilst at Newcastle the Racing League initiative means that there is plenty of prize money on offer and minimum fields of 10 runners.  The first race at Newcastle is at 5.45pm and the entire meeting is covered by ITV4 as well - let's hope that it continues to be a worthwhile exercise for them and helps to attract new fans.

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The stable was back among the winners at Bangor yesterday afternoon with Red Happy (pictured above) running out a good winner of the 3m handicap chase under Tom Scudamore.  Our five year made much of the running under a positive ride and despite shifting a bit to the right at some of his fences, he jumped well in the main and had his rivals in trouble from a fair way out.  Keeping on well in the closing stages, he was much better than the progressive runner-up at the last as he recorded a seven length success.  Still only a youngster, he stays well and will be even better going the other way around.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with all the action coming over the jumps at Worcester, Bangor and Fontwell.  Obviously, I am always pleased to see a NH fixture on, although it's a little peculiar given that it is August and there isn't a flat card anywhere in sight...not even on the all-weather.  David has five runners today; four at Bangor and one at Worcester.  The first of those is d'Jango as he contests the 2m7f conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at 1.45pm.  He has twice won over this trip at Worcester this season so conditions should suit, although this does look a particularly competitive race for the grade.  This season's leading conditional, Philip Armson takes the ride and claims 3lbs off his back.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Stratford, flat fixtures from Brighton and Chepstow and all-weather action from Southwell.  It's a fairly non-descript start to the week with the biggest field of the day coming in the 7f 0-50 handicap at Chepstow.  That tells it's own story, one that we have covered a number of times before, so we will leave it at that!  There are no runners from the Pond House team today, although we will be back with four runners at Bangor, as well as a runner for the the David Pipe Racing Club at Worcester tomorrow.

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