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The bright start to the season continued yesterday with a double at Worcester taking the stable's tally to 20.  d'Jango and Oceanline both won, whilst American Sniper also ran well to finish runner-up in the bumper.  d'Jango clearly likes Worcester - a winner there over timber over the same trip last time, he was a convincing winner of the 2m7f handicap chase yesterday, despite a somewhat unorthodox leap at the penultimate fence.  The winner of the French Grand National in his younger days, he is clearly thriving at present and looks capable of winning again under either code.  Oceanline (pictured above) was a ready winner of the 2m4f novices' hurdle on his first start for the yard, coming away nicely in the closing stages with a decent gap back to the third.  He looks a nice dual-purpose prospect for his owners, who all deserve some good fortune.

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The stable enjoyed another winner yesterday afternoon when Al Roc (pictured above) was an exhilarating winner of the 2m5f handicap chase at Market Rasen.  Making all the running at a good pace, he soon had the rest of the field in trouble as he jumped beautifully from fence to fence, bounding clear under Philip Armson.  He stuck to his guns in the home straight when the pack started to close and more good leaps put the matter beyond doubt with our revitalised eleven year old scoring by 7 lengths.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Market Rasen, a flat fixture from Ayr and all-weather action from Chelmsford City.  David has three runners today at Market Rasen; Koi Dodville, Al Roc and Awesomedude.  Koi Dodville is the first of them in the 2m3f handicap chase at 3.35pm.  A three-time winner over hurdles last season, he makes his chasing debut this afternoon from his last winning mark over timber and has claims on that basis.  He has schooled well at home and can claim a 13lbs age allowance from his elders today.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle and he looks to have a good chance.

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The stable was amongst the winners again at Newton Abbot yesterday with the brave success of Lock Out in the concluding bumper on his first start for the stable.  He put his previous experience to good use, by battling on once challenged in the straight to run out a tenacious winner under Tom Scudamore.  Already the winner of a point-to-point in Ireland, he should continue to do well and will really come into his own when sent back over obstacles and looks a nice recruit to the yard.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Newton Abbot and flat fixtures from Doncaster, Sandown, Haydock and Beverley.  David has four runners today at Newton Abbot; Kolisi, Free Chakarte, Port O'Clock and Lock Out and he looks to have some decent chances too.  Kolisi is the first of them as he contests the 2m1f handicap hurdle at 2.30pm.  He has been in good form, winning three times and finishing runner-up on his latest outing behind a subsequent winner.  He is 3lbs higher today, but is still at the right end of the weights and conditions should suit, so he looks to have a good chance under Tom Scudamore.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Perth and flat fixtures from Haydock, Yarmouth, Newbury and Epsom.  David has two runners today as Iron Heart (pictured above, courtesy of Kay Hornbrook) travels all the way up to Perth to contest the 2m4f conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at 4.40pm and Lady Reset runs on the level in the Lady's Derby at Epsom at 6.01pm.  Iron Heart excelled himself when runner-up at Worcester last week, conceding 30lbs to a horse that was 11lbs ahead of the handicapper and finds himself 4lbs 'well-in' today as a consequence.  He is not a frequent winner, but a reproduction of that latest effort would give him excellent claims with Philip Armson in the saddle.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Worcester, flat fixtures from Thirsk, Musselburgh and Bath and all-weather action from Kempton.  David has one runner today as Itacare (pictured above) contests the 2m7f handicap hurdle at Worcester at 3.00pm.  Our five year old has been in good form of late, winning at Ludlow and filling the frame in three subsequent starts.  He remains 9lbs above his winning mark but should be thereabouts again with conditions to suit.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle and he has each-way claims in an open looking contest.

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