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What a great start to 2011 for the stable with the horses running well on Saturday.  Ashkazar led home a 1, 2, 3 for David in the 3 mile handicap hurdle at Cheltenham, carrying top weight of 11st12lb.  He stayed on very nicely up the hill on his first try at 3 miles under Timmy Murphy to finish just in front of Junior and Chartreux who both ran fine races.  Ashkazar has always been a top class horse and at 20/1 I wish I had a few pennies on him, I actually backed the other two each way so did not do any damage!  I'msingingtheblues was a good fourth in the Victor Chandler handicap chase over 2m5f.  He had every chance jumping the last fence but did not finish quite as fast as the others up the hill, nevertheless it was a super run.  

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It's a big day at Plumpton with their top meeting of the season taking place and the Sussex National topping the bill.  We won the feature race last year with the progressive stayer Master Overseer and he bids to follow-up this afternoon from a 6lbs higher mark.  We also have dual Southern National winner Peut Etre Sivola in the line-up so fingers crossed!  If you have never been to the Sussex track, it is well worth a visit - it is very much like being back in the East end with all the cockney's there!  Jellied eels and curries all feature prominently at the track and the train stops right outside so us Londoner's don't get lost!

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Welcome to 2011!  I wonder how many people have already broken their New Year's Resolutions?  My first one was to stop backing West Ham just because they are my team - I will probably break that one later on today when they take on Wolves at home.  The biggest price available is 21/20, although Wolves did look good against a very poor Liverpool team last time.

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The stable is in great form following a treble at Taunton yesterday afternoon.  Lucy's Perfect started the ball rolling under an inspired Tom Scudamore ride, rallying on the run-in to get back past A P McCoy on Mizzurka having been headed at the last.  Tom was very pleased to get the better of the champ in a driving finish - it is not very often that anyone can say they have done that!  Dream Esteem finished a close second in the handicap hurdle under a big weight (conceding a stone to the winner), before Dynaste won the big race of the day.  He was providing conditional jockey Conor O'Farrell with his first winner in this country - Conor looked very strong and I can see him riding a few more winners yet.

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Wow!  Can you remember the last time that Pond House produced a 50/1 winner?  Well African Broadway won the concluding bumper at Newbury yesterday afternoon at that price under Johnny Farrelly.  There was no semblance of fluke about it either as the ex-Irish point-to-pointer came through the gloom sixteen lengths clear of the remainder of the field.  Johnny said that he was a nice stayer in the making, but judging by the way he won yesterday, there are a few more races to be won with him over two miles.

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I was thrilled to see England retain the Ashes over the Aussies with an innings and 157 run victory in the final Test.  Australian captain Ricky Ponting is apparently considering his future - I am not surprised really...the Aussies were completely outplayed by England and I am bewildered at how we ever lost a Test to them!  This was probably the worst Australian side that I have seen during my lifetime and I bet some of the old Aussies are turning in their graves - one thing is for sure, Shane Warne certainly knew the right time to retire!

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Good news!...We have at least two race meetings on - over the sticks at Ffos Las and a National Hunt flat race card at Southwell on the all-weather.  It is of course a consequence of the milder weather that we have had over the last few days in the South of England.  I had better find a few winners on the Pipeline to pay for Christmas - the wife is going to hit the sales in Exeter this afternoon (she did Torquay yesterday)!

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