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Sat Nov 09
Aintree, Kelso, Wincanton
Sun Nov 10
Ffos Las, Sandown
Mon Nov 11
Carlisle, Kempton, Stratford

Cheltenham Festival 2020

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There are two jumps meetings today at Kempton and Sedgefield.  David was due to have two runners at Kempton but unfortunately both have had to be made non runners after small setbacks and so there is no runners from Pond House this afternoon.  I see that Richard Johnson is going up to Sedgefield and rides one for the Hobbs team.  It is a long way to travel for this yard so that might be a tip in itself.  David's next runners will now be at Exeter on Tuesday where entries include Eden Du Houx, Jasmin Des Borders, What a Moment and Dell'arca so keep checking back here for new about them and others every day.

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   Poker Play runs over fences at Ffos Las

It is a busy day with six meetings across the country.  There are flat cards at Ascot, Catterick and Wolverhampton plus jumps cards at Stratford, Ffos Las and Market Rasen.  Ffos Las has passed a 7.30am inspection and racing goes ahead which is good for the yard as we have two runners at the track.  The good news is also that Tom Scu has his first rides back this afternoon from injury and he rides both Poker Play and Induno.  Tom has been in a lot this week riding out and schooling so has is eye in and is fit and raring to go.  Poker Play runs in the novice chase at 3.35pm over 2 miles 5 furlongs.  He won a competitive handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter last season on heavy ground by nine lengths.  He has also run well over further at Exeter and so he will not mind conditions.  It looks a competitive race but he has schooled well and we are hopeful of a good run.  We also run Induno in the last race, a bumper over two miles.  He has had one run before where he finished second in a bumper at Warwick on good ground in April.  He was only beaten 2.5 lengths and although the ground is different this afternoon he goes nicely at home and with the Warwick experience under his built he is expected to go well.  It is two good comeback rides for Tom Scu and hopefully they might give him a winner or two!

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Fakenham and Uttoxeter and flat fixtures from Wolverhampton and Newcastle.  There are no runners from the stable today, although David Noonan heads off to Fakenham for just one ride.  It is no easy place to get to and he certainly won't be able to advertise his car for sale with low mileage on it anymore!  It has been a wet start to the day at Pond House with 5½mm precipitation, although that is nothing like the rainfall they have had Ffos Las where we could have runners tomorrow.  They had 30mm of rain overnight and the ground is certainly going to be very testing there.

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Paricolor ran an encouraging race at Wetherby yesterday to finish runner-up in the juvenile hurdle.  A former French flat recruit, he settled much better on this second attempt over hurdles and will surely be winning something similar soon based on this evidence.  He jumped very well and can only improve for the experience.

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There was good news this morning as Nottingham passed their early morning inspection meaning that there are five meetings taking place this afternoon.  There are no anticipated problems at Bath, Kempton or Southwell on the flat, whilst there is a jumps card at Wetherby.  There is one runner from the stable today as Paricolor (pictured above) makes the long trip up to Wetherby to contest the 2m juvenile hurdle at 1.50pm.  Our gelding was a useful stayer on the flat in France and has had just the one start so far over hurdles.  He has since had a wind operation and should improve today under David Noonan.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon after Leicester had to abandon their card following an early morning inspection.  That leaves us with flat cards from Musselburgh and Kempton, whilst there are jump fixtures at Hereford and Huntingdon.  It is a quiet day for the stable with no runners from the Pond House team this afternoon.  I see that the official going at Hereford is being given as good (good/firm in places) but I find that very hard to believe.  Racing has already been abandoned at Haydock for Friday and they say that Redcar is waterlogged in places.  At least, for the first time in ages it isn't raining in the west country at present.

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What a good weekend for the stable runners with the success of Make Me A Believer (pictured above) in the bumper at Chepstow on Saturday.  It looked like a good race on paper and I am sure it will be throwing up plenty of winners.  I particularly liked the way he fought off a string of challengers in the straight to win under David Noonan.  He looks like another smart recruit and I cannot wait to see him tackle hurdles.  On Sunday Rathlin Rose finished a very creditable sixth in the Velka Pardubicka, one of the strangest races anywhere on the calendar.  I thought that he was going to win at the penultimate fence, but the 4m2½f trip proved too much for him in the closing stages.  He still picked up almost £7,000 for his efforts.

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