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It is a cold and frosty start here at Pond House this morning but our lorries are already well on their way racing to Fontwell and Uttoxeter.  We have one runner, Umbrigado at Uttoxeter and four runners at Fontwell, Ranco, Sans Logique, Shoot to Fame and Orchard Thieves.  We were due to have Meep Meep Mag running there as well but unfortunately she is not quite right and we had to make her a non-runner.  Fingers crossed we will see her back on the track in the not too distant future.

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Vieux Lion Rouge - Winning the Becher Chase
              for the Second Time!

Wow!  What a fantastic performance from Vieux Lion Rouge to win the Becher chase for the second time in his career at Aintree on Saturday under Conor O'Farrell.  He rolled back the years, jumped fantastically and galloped them into submission to win impressively.  He won his first Becher in 2016 and after running consecutively in the race for the last five years, a feat in itself, he finished second in 2018 and got a very deserved victory on Saturday.  11 years young, Aintree seems to bring out the best of him and he loves jumping those bigger fences.  He has now run around the track an incredible 9 times (5 Bechers & 4 Nationals) and completed on every occasion, jumping 223 National fences in the process - the most jumped by any horse ever.

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There is a quiet day ahead following the abandonment of Huntingdon yesterday after the nearby brook burst its banks leaving the track waterlogged.  The Peterborough Chase is the most prestigious race on their calendar and was due to take place today so it is a great pity for the track.  I wonder if they will try to reschedule?  Do Ya Feel Lucky was set to make her debut for the stable in the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle.  That means that there are only two meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Kelso and an all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  Unsurprisingly there are no runners from Pond House today.

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There is a busy day ahead with five meetings taking place.  There are jumps cards from Aintree, Chepstow, Sandown and Wetherby as well as an all-weather flat fixture from Wolverhampton.  David has runners at Aintree and Chepstow today with Ramses de Teillee and Vieux Lion Rouge (pictured above) contesting the Becher Chase at Aintree and Broughtons Admiral representing the yard at Chepstow.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Exeter, Sandown and Southwell, whilst there is an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  David has two runners at Exeter today; Red Lion Lad and Buster Edwards.  Red Lion Lad contests the 2m NH novices' hurdle at 12.55pm and it looks a wide-open event with plenty of runners and not an abundance of form to go on.  Red Lion lad won his only start in an Irish point-to-point on soft/heavy groun in March convincingly by 10 lengths.  He looks a nice prospect and looks to have each-way claims under Tom Scudamore.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jump racing from Market Rasen, Leicester and Wincanton and an all-weather flat fixture from Chelmsford.  David has three runners this afternoon at Wincanton; Hugo 'N Taz, What A Moment and Great Tempo.  Hugo 'N Taz and What A Moment both contest the 3m1f handicap chase at 2.15pm.  The former produced a good effort to win the Lincolnshire National on his first start for the stable, form that has been well advertised since before disappointing on his final start.  David Noonan is in the saddle on this seasonal reappearance.  What A Moment is well-treated on the pick of his form as he is now 17lbs lower than his last winning mark, although he will need to improve on his most recent efforts to figure.  Tom Scudamore rides.

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The stable enjoyed another winner yesterday afternoon when our only runner, Little Red Lion (pictured above) displayed the heart of a lion to get the better of a prolonged battle to win the staying handicap chase at Lingfield under red hot conditional jockey Fergus Gillard.  Given a patient ride, he challenged in the straight and stayed on bravely to score a ½ length victory.  Considering this was only his second chase start (he was brought down at Ffos Las previously), he jumped very well and could win again based on this evidence.  He runs in the colours of the David Pipe Racing Club who have enjoyed 6 winners from 27 runners over jumps at a very respectable strike rate of 22%.  With Christmas just over three weeks away, a subscription to the club would make an ideal present for any racing enthusiast!

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