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I am pleased to report that we now have the Racing Post's excellent video Stable Tour of Pond House in our media vault.  It is a very interesting piece with a good interview from David looking at his prospects for the forthcoming National Hunt season - it is well worth a look if you have a few minutes spare, and you can do so by clicking here...

Talking of the Racing Post, I was pleased to see that Lee Mottershead took my comments about the mechanical horse all in good part.  According to The Dikler in yesterday's publication, Lee is going to cut down his intake of oats!

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      Champion Hurdle winning trainer Arthur Pitt

It was an interesting day at the Newmarket Sales yesterday and it seemed (unsurprisingly) that the whole racing world had descended on Newmarket for the auctions.  Sat in the corner of the bar was a little old man, and I didn't realise that he was one of the few trainers to train three Champion Hurdle winners...it was of course, Arthur Pitt who had Persian War during his racing career, and he had some amazing stories to tell.

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The trainers of yesterday's handicap good thing Jovial had better turn him out again soon.  The three year old won by three lengths and couldn't have been more impressive.  He currently has a very modest handicap mark of just 51, but he will be taking some hike up the weights after this success.  His 3lbs apprentice jockey rode him very well, and I will be looking out for him again in the very near future.

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Today sees the start of the Tattersalls Newmarket Horses In Training Sales.  You get most of the National Hunt trainers up there looking to buy new horses for the winter campaign, and countless numbers of them will be trudging around with their catalogues and form books under their arms.  There are normally some highly rated flat performers that go under the hammer, and I'm sure that a number of them will be hurdling this coming season.

Without a doubt, some of the best turned out horses at the sales will belong to Sir Mark Prescott -  they always have the same colour rugs, and the jockeys riding them will all be wearing the same colour caps.  If you are interested in purchasing a potential hurdler or chaser feel free to give us a call in the office on 01884 840715 to discuss your requirements - we have a proven track record of purchasing the right horse for the right money, and they don't have to cost a fortune (witness Istabraq's conqueror Pridwell, who we bought at these very sales) - we will be there everyday.

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The new Timeform Hurdlers and Chasers Annual is out now.  It comprises 1172 pages of horse biographies, ratings and statistics.  I have spent half of my life looking up horses in these annuals and researching ratings, and while the price tag of £70 may sound steep, once you have it you will look at it every day.  It is a must for all serious punters, and an excellent Christmas present.

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Legendary Australian trainer Bart Cummings has this morning landed Australia's premier weight for age race, The Cox Plate at Moonee Valley with odds-on favourite So You Think.  Ridden by Steven Arnold, who tasted Royal Ascot success aboard Scenic Blast, the result was never really in doubt as So You Think coasted to his second consecutive success in the race.  Full result: 1st So You Think, 2nd Zipping, 3rd Whobegotyou.

Over on these shores, the National Hunt season is really getting into full swing now with meetings at Aintree, Chepstow and Stratford this afternoon.  There has been a fair bit of overnight rain in the West country, so the going at Chepstow could turn out to be quite testing (especially as they had already been watering the track).  I don't advocate horses running on track's that are as hard as a road, but I do think that sometimes the groundsmen should just leave the ground alone and let nature take it's course.

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I thought that Armenian Boy ran a sound enough race at Ludlow yesterday afternoon to finish second to National Trust.  The winner was well treated at the ratings and if it were a handicap we would have received 16lbs, so in fact it wasn't a bad run by any means to be beaten only 6 lengths.  He has now finished runner-up on his last three outings, and should be capable of winning a similar race.  The winner was sold for £6,250 and new connections could find him quite difficult to place from a handicap mark of 130.

Congratulations to A P McCoy on reaching one hundred winners for the season at Ludlow yesterday.  The fifteen times champion jockey has said that he wants to reach 200 winners again this season (a feat he hasn't achieved since the 2004/5 season), and provided he remains injury free, that looks to be a foregone conclusion.

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