Entries & Recent Form

There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newbury and Ripon as well as a jumps fixture from Market Rasen.  David has two runners this afternoon as To Fly Free contests the juvenile hurdle at 12.30pm, whilst Paricolor (pictured above) goes in the 2m5½f novices' handicap chase at 2.50pm.  To Fly Free runs in the colours of the David Pipe Racing Club and I thought she put up a decent first effort at Cartmel last time, weakening into third in the closing stages with the ground softer than ideal.  The quicker going today should help in an open contests and she gets plenty of weight with Fergus Gillard taking an additional 7lbs off her back.

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There is some interesting action to look forward to this afternoon with four flat meetings from Chepstow, Doncaster, Newbury and Newmarket with coverage of the two latter meetings on ITV.  The big races of the day both come from Newbury where they host the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes as well as the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes.  There is certainly a variance in going today following the localised storms.  The ground at Newmarket and Doncaster is good/firm whilst Newbury is good/soft (soft in places) and Chepstow is soft.  I know it sounds obvious, but if you are thinking of having a bet at Newbury or Chepstow, make sure that your selection will go on testing going.

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There are four meetings taking place on these shores today and the action is once again all on the level.  Chepstow, Chester, Lingfield and Pontefract all host flat cards, so if you are craving a bit of jumping you will have to satisfy yourself with Tramore.  The big race of the day over here is the Listed fillies' sprint at Pontefract at 2.50pm.  Typically though, the best card of the day is at the Curragh where they have a Listed race as well as a couple of Group 3's on the menu.

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There are just three meetings taking place this afternoon and it is another blank day for fans of the jumps.  The action comes from Bath, Hamilton and Salisbury with the feature race of the day a Listed 1m2f fillies stakes from Salisbury.  Meanwhile, over in Ireland there is a decent card on offer from Leopardstown where there are interesting Listed and Group 3 contests.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today.

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The stable enjoyed another nice winner yesterday afternoon as Leoncavallo turned the 1m6f flat handicap into a procession under James Doyle.  Given a sensible ride (especially given the size of the field), he was always prominent and the race was never in doubt once James sent him for him.  He is entered at Pontefract on Friday where he would undoubtedly be well-treated under a 4lbs penalty - it will be interesting to see what David does next with him.  Leoncavallo has been in tremendous form since arriving at Pond House, winning over fences at Stratford in near course record time, before last night's success.  He was another winner for owners the Value Racing Club and they have been in tremendous form of late.

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The stable enjoyed a nice winner at Southwell yesterday afternoon when Miss M ran out a ready winner of the mares' novices' hurdle under Tom Scudamore.  She travelled nicely throughout and moved into contention off the home turn and despite a slightly awkward leap at the last, she came away to score nicely on her debut over hurdles.  She was a tough and genuine sort on the level and had no luck in running last time out, but for which she would probably have been much shorter than her SP of 22/1.  This was a very pleasing first effort over hurdles and hopefully she can progress and rank higher still.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Chester and Leicester and a jumps fixture from Southwell.  David has two runners this afternoon with Miss M and Yaa Salaam in action at Southwell.  Miss M makes her hurdling debut in the 2m mares' novices' hurdle at 3.15pm.  A winner on the flat, she was a little disappointing on the level last time but never had the run of the race.  She had previously been tough and consistent and has schooled well at home so she could go well at a decent price under Tom Scudamore.  Yaa Salaam goes in the 2m handicap hurdle at 3.45pm.  He drops back in trip having disappointed last time over ½ mile further, but previously had plenty of placed form that would give him a chance here.  He has to contend with top weight of 12-0, but amateur jockey Fergus Gillard takes a handy 7lbs off his back and he is another with each-way claims.

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