Entries & Recent Form

It was great for David to have a winner on the flat yesterday at Sandown with Beyond who was making his Pond House debut.  He was having his first run on the turf having previously being twice a winner on the all-weather for Jeremy Noseda.  He was also twice a winner over hurdles last season and he is a lovely four year old who I am sure will win many more races both over obstacles and on the flat.  He was always in a prominent position in the race under Robert Havlin and came up the Sandown hill well to win nicely under a great ride.  

Beyond_SandownBeyond at Sandown

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What an amazing couple of days it has been for owner Eddie Rice.  His Bold Perk won with a ton in hand yesterday afternoon at Perth and was recording his second success at the Scotland track in as many days.  He won in good style over fences on Thursday and followed-up in even more facile fashion yesterday when returned to hurdles - the step up in trip really seemed to play to his strengths and he never looked in any kind of danger as he recorded his third victory within a fortnight under conditional jockey Conor O'Farrell.  Young Conor seems to be getting better with every ride, although in fairness I reckon he would have still gone close with me in the saddle!

 

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Bold Perk continued his fine run of form since joining the Pond House team by winning his second chase within the space of ten days.  He didn't always seem to be travelling that comfortably, but in the end he won by a comfortable fifteen lengths under young Conor O'Farrell.  He is entered again for this afternoon (this time over hurdles) and the step up to 3m1/2f should suit him.  If he is none the worse for yesterday's exertions he should have an excellent chance of going in again.

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Yesterday was a busy afternoon for David at the first day of the sales at Saint Cloud in France when he was the successful bidder on three lots including a three year old full brother to Grands Crus called Gevrey Chambertin.  He was also quick to snap-up Taratata Sivola who finished a close second in an Auteuil handicap chase a couple of weeks ago, as well as Bladoun, an untried three year old son of Smadoun.  With over another two hundred lots to go through the ring this afternoon there could be a fair contingent on their way back across the Channel to Pond House.

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I did say yesterday that I was concerned about the form of the Sir Michael Stoute yard and I am obviously not the only one who is worried as last year's Derby and Arc hero, Workforce is on the drift ahead of this weekend's Eclipse at Sandown.  It is now seventeen days and twenty nine runners since the Stoute team enjoyed a winner and as you know, you should follow stables in form.  The Newmarket trainer is certainly out of form at present although I am sure that they will turn it around before long.

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The stable's runner at Uttoxeter, Bold Perk performed creditably at Uttoxeter yesterday afternoon in the staying handicap hurdle.  He looked to have the race in safe keeping but was just worn down by Diddley Dee in the closing stages.  The pair of them came 29 lengths clear of the third and while he didn't win, I am sure that the handicapper will not have been dissuaded from giving Bold Perk a fair hike in the weights this week.  I do wonder how Diddley Dee beat Some Catch though - the pair of them met last time out and Some Catch got the verdict by some margin and there wasn't much of a pull in the weights yesterday...I suppose if the form worked out every time there wouldn't be any bookies!

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Today sees the Summer National at Uttoxeter over 3 1/2 miles - it is not quite the test that it used to be having been shortened in recent years, although it will still be quite demanding (especially after all the recent rain).  I say the Summer National, but it is more like the Winter National!  There is good prizemoney on offer of around £40,000 and while we don't have a runner in the big one, we will be represented at the meeting by David's 500th winner Bold Perk who is bidding to follow-up his Hereford success.  It should certainly be an interesting contest as our runner switches back to hurdles and is due for a big rise in the weights, while he takes on a Tim Vaughan runner who is officially rated 31lbs lower than his current chase mark.

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