NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

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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What a great result for the yard yesterday as Dusky Hercules (pictured above) won the staying novices' handicap hurdle at Exeter, recording a first success for the newly launched David Pipe Racing Club.  The colours were carried to many a victory for MCP's racing club so it is very special to be back in the winners' enclosure with them.  Dusky Hercules was given a lovely ride by young amateur rider Fergus Gillard to get up in the shadow of the post.  This was his first try at the trip and it clearly suited as it took him every inch of the 2m7f to get his head in front.  Hopefully he can go on from this and win again.  Meanwhile, Main Fact also ran a cracking good race to be narrowly beaten into third on his first start for 600 days.  He is entitled to improve for this effort and should be capable of winning something similar.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Sandown, Sedgefield and our local course, Exeter, whilst there is an all-weather flat fixtures from Newcastle.  David has two runners today with Main Fact and Dusky Hercules representing the Pond House team at Exeter.  Main Fact makes his debut for the stable in the 2m2½f handicap hurdle at 12.25pm after an absence of 600 days.   He resumes from a mark just 1lb higher than when last successful on heavy ground at Wetherby and on that basis, he has a chance with Fergus Gillard taking 7lbs off his back, although he is entitled to improve for the run.  Our other runner is Dusky Hercules (pictured above, courtesy of John Partridge) who runs in the 2m7f novices' handicap hurdle at 2.05pm.  He was a creditable third on his penultimate start at Taunton, although he was a little disappointing last time.  He would obviously need to improve on that effort, but this longer trip should help and Fergus Gillard claims a handy 7lbs.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Wincanton, Leicester and Market Rasen supported by all-weather flat cards from Southwell and Kempton.  David has one runner today as Mrs Miggins (pictured above) contests the NH novices' handicap hurdle at Wincanton at 12.20pm.  She is a consistent mare who won under similar conditions at Uttoxeter in June and ran at least as well when runner-up from a higher mark next time.  She looked a possible non-stayer when fourth at Exeter over further last time, especially as they were racing from a long way out that day.  This looks to be more her sort of trip and it would be no surprise to see her go well under Tom Scudamore.  Looks to have decent each-way claims.

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The good form of the yard continued with another nice success at Southwell yesterday as First Lord de Cuet landed the maiden hurdle with the minimum of fuss.  Keeping things simple from the front, Tom Scudamore dictated matters aboard our promising five year old and he was always doing enough in the closing stages to beat off a highly rated flat rival in second.  A point-to-point winner in Ireland, he had shown useful form in bumpers and built on his Wincanton hurdling debut here.  He will certainly get further in time and looks like a very nice horse for the future, which is good news as being owned by MCP and David's future father-in-law, Pete Green (in partnership with the James and Jean Potter), there was more than a degree of pressure!

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There was another nice winner for the stable yesterday afternoon when Miss Tynte (pictured above) was a ready scorer of the mares' handicap hurdle at Plumpton.  Held up in rear on only her second start beyond three miles, she made smooth progress to lead before the penultimate flight and came clear under Tom Scudamore to win well.  She had previously looked to have been in the grip of the handicapper and was still 7lbs above her last winning mark so this was definitely an improved performance.  She is still unexposed at this trip and hopefully she can progress again.  It is good to see the horses continuing in such good form with 40 winners on the board.

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     Miss Tynte runs at Plumpton today

It is a frosty start at Pond House this morning with temperatures dipping to -4c but it should be a lovely day and there are no problems at Plumpton where David has one runner, Miss Tynte.  She runs in 1.30pm mares handicap hurdle over three miles and Tom Scudamore rides.  She was disappointing at the track when last seen but steps up in distance this afternoon.  She is a lovely mare who is ultimately paying for her facile victory at Worcester back in August.  She went up a lot in the handicap for that win and as we know they take a lot longer to come back down!  She is gradually dropping and she should run her race.  The Racing Post have her as a 7/1 chance.  There is also jumps racing at Musselburgh today (hopefully but currently frozen and inspection 10am) and a flat card at Wolverhampton.

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With Leicester called off today there is no runners from Pond House but all eyes will be on Fairyhouse where there are some stars on show.  Envoi Allen, Samcro, Apple's Jade, Honeysuckle, and Penhill just to name a few in Grade 1 races like the Royal Bond novices hurdle, Drinmore novice chase and Hatton's Grace hurdle.  Fingers crossed they have no weather problems and racing goes ahead.  In November we had over 150mm of rain at Pond House, which is on top of 145mm that we had in October and nearly 100mm in September - it has been the wettest Autumn we have recorded for several years.  We have coped with it well at home and it has meant many of the horses have got onto the track for their first races sooner than in recent times.  We are due a few colder days now at the start of this week before the rain returns again.  With Sandown and Aintree next weekend we do not mind the rain coming!  Vieux Lion Rouge is on course to run in the Becher chase once again over the Grand National fences.  He is a former winner of the race and finished second last year.  He is in good form at home and already a winner this season we return to Aintree hopeful of another good run.

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