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I was very impressed by the victory of Poole Master in the novices' hurdle at Newbury yesterday under his double penalty.  He was giving weight away to his rivals and treated them with disdain as he won by an eased down 5 lengths under delighted jockey Chris Honour.  The step up in trip to 2m5f seemed to really suit him well and certainly brought about further improvement - he is now three from three this season and could be a lively one come the Cheltenham Festival later in the month where he has a number of engagements.  Chris Honour has only one more winner left before he rides out his claim, at which point he intends to hang up his boots...wouldn't it be some fairytale if he could do it at Cheltenham?!

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The stable has three runners this afternoon at Newbury. Midnight Tuesday and Roi de Rose will both be ridden by Tom Scudamore, while Poole Master will be partnered by regular pilot Chris Honour, who takes a handy 3lbs off his back. Poole Master has won his last couple of starts and consequently has to concede weight to his rivals this afternoon but he looks very promising - he has no fewer than five engagements at the Cheltenham Festival and I guess we will know more after today.

We have an exciting video to share with you from the gallops this morning as World Hurdle entry Dynaste and Our Father (World Hurdle, Pertemps Handicap Hurdle & Coral Cup) worked upsides on the Pond House gallops this morning.  As you can see, they both appear to be in great form with less than a fortnight to go until the Festival.

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We have three runners at Taunton this afternoon, Bathwick Brave and Weekend Millionair who are ridden by Johnny Farrelly and Northern Jem who will be partnered by Tom Scudamore.  Weekend Millionair makes his debut for the yard this afternoon and he has had plenty of practice over his hurdles as you can see from the picture taken earlier in the week by Bill Selwyn.  It was a glorious day yesterday and obviously there hasn't been much in the way of rainfall in the Westcountry of late as Taunton describe their ground as good (good/firm in places).  Racing gets underway at 2.10pm

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We were recently paid a visit by racing photographers Bill Selwyn and Ed Whittaker who joined us to take some pictures for their respective publications.  Of course, being something of an expert on the subject of photography, I was pleased to offer the lads the benefit of my experience and as you can see, Bill obviously listened well judged by the beautiful picture of Shallow Bay and Dan Breen in action on the gallops!  Of course, I am only joking, both Bill and Edward are wonderful photographers and we are particularly grateful to Bill who has offered a number of his images to share with you.

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There are jump meetings at Catterick and Leicester this afternoon, but the stable does not have any runners today.  I could barely believe it when I saw the official going description for Leicester as good (good/firm in places) and I would imagine that is largely the reason why the meeting has only attracted a total thirty-six runners...many of the trainers must have been frightened off.

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It's a shame that Cheltenham is not this week with the stable in such good form, we recorded another double courtesy of Laflammedeglorie and Dream Esteem, while all eight of our runners on Saturday made it into the first four.  Laflammedeglorie received a good ride from Conor O'Farrell to score by four lengths at Chepstow.  He was runner-up behind subsequent Listed winner Shutthefrontdoor on his debut returned to that sort of form here -he is a great big horse and looks one to look forward to, especially when sent over fences.

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We have three runners this afternoon at Fontwell and they look to have a good competitive card with the feature being the National Spirit Hurdle, a race that David won twice in the past with the now retired hero Lough Derg.  Lough Derg will be parading before the big one and I'm sure that racegoers will be delighted to see him...none more so I suspect than former partner Tom Scudamore - keep an eye out for any tears!  Hopefully his eyes will have cleared in time to ride our three runners, African Broadway, Battle Group and Bamboleo.  African Broadway runs in the Lough Derg novices' hurdle - a fitting tribute to this fine stayer.

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