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Clever Dick ran okay at Fontwell yesterday but it was bottomless ground and he looked to be going well down the back straight but did not appear to get home in the testing ground.  He was also a bit hampered and lost a few lengths going round the final bend and from then on he lost all chance of winning.  I am sure we will see him in better light on not such testing ground.  Meanwhile at Huntingdon, Rose of the Moon ran no sort of race, also on very testing ground.  He has got to be better than this so hopefully he can bounce back to form next time.  I am pleased to report that both horses are fine this morning and have come out of their races well.  David has plenty of runners today at Cheltenham and Doncaster.  

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Rose_of_the_Moon_Uttoxeter

Apologies for the delay in this morning's update, unfortunately we have had a few technical difficulties but it is good to be up and running again!  With Unex Degas a non-runner in the bumper at Fontwell, the stable has two runners this afternoon - Clever Dick at Fontwell and Rose Of The Moon at Huntingdon.  Clever Dick showed improved form last time to finish a close second so hopefully he will be able to go one better this afternoon, while Rose Of The Moon, a winner on his debut for the stable participates in first time blinkers.

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Quinte_Du_Chatelet_Hereford

The stable continues in good form and we enjoyed another success when Quinte du Chatelet won the 2m6 1/2f handicap hurdle under Tom Scudamore providing the owners Brocade Racing with their 30th winner.  Our eight year old jumped out, made all and never saw another horse as he gradually burnt off his pursuers to record a ten length victory.  This was a really good performance under 11-7 and he is clearly very effective under these testing conditions - if he can be found another similar opportunity, he looks like he could be able to follow-up.

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Painter_Man_Leicester

Painter Man bolted up by nine lengths in very testing conditions at Leicester yesterday afternoon under Tom Scudamore.  He finished tired, but I think he was idling a bit in front as you could see him looking around after the last - there were only six finishers from the eleven that set out, so that tells you how difficult conditions were come the last race of the day.  It was a good performance on only his second outing after an eighteen month absence and I would imagine that David will be turn him out again under a penalty before the handicapper can exact his revenge.  The trouble is, when you get bottomless ground (as was the case yesterday), you do tend to get exagerated winning margins - please keep that in mind Mr Handicapper!

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Ashbrittle was a little disappointing at Wetherby yesterday.  I thought David's five year old would win but he finished second.  He did not jump the final three flights of hurdles very well at all and this probably cost him the race.  He stayed on well all the way to the line however and he looks like he may step up in trip at some stage as remember he was a stayer on the flat.  Cucumber Run won for the Henderson team, mind you if you saw the race you know that he jumped violently to the left.  I would not want to trust the seven year old to win if they ever tried to run him on a right handed track!  The most impressive winner of the day yesterday was Scoglio who won the juvenile hurdle.  He is now set to run in the Scottish Triumph hurdle and the trainer Dave Roberts is still waiting to get his full licence!

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Waterunder_Wincanton_210112

The yard enjoyed a good day on Saturday with a number of the horses posting creditable performances.  Waterunder was successful at Wincanton under Johnny Farrelly and I have to say that I thought he rode Richie McLernon (aboard odds-on favourite and runner-up It's A Gimme) to sleep.  Our five year old managed to get first run and had enough in reserve to hold on by 1/2 length.  It was a cracking good ride from Johnny and a great result for owner Sarah Clifford, who (along with husband Wayne) sponsor the yard and the race - the Bathwick Tyres Hurdle.  I'm sure they were very pleased to win their own money back!

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The stable has three runners this afternoon at Towcester, Bygones Sovereign, Top Wood and Chartreux and we look to have some decent chances.  Bygones Sovereign produced a decent first effort for the stable when runner-up to a promising type at Leicester on his hurdling debut, while Top Wood has his first run for us today after racking up three successes in French bumpers.  High class hurdler Chartreux looks interesting as he bids to atone for an unlucky fall on his chasing debut at Hereford.  Tom Scudamore takes the ride aboard all three.

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