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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Southwell and Lingfield as well as all-weather flat fixtures from Newcastle and Wolverhampton.  The stable has one runner today as Little Red Lion (pictured above) contests the 2m7½f handicap chase at Lingfield at 1.50pm.  He was unlucky to be brought down on his chasing debut at Ffos Las last time but had jumped well until that point.  He remains 7lbs above his winning mark over hurdles but is a progressive and lightly raced youngster.  Fergus Gillard takes the ride and claims a handy 5lbs off his back.  He runs in the colours of the David Pipe Racing Club and if anyone is still looking for a Christmas present for the racing enthusiast a subscription could be the answer.  You can find out more information by clicking here.

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Paricolor provided the stable with another winner when scoring at Leicester on Sunday.  Our four year old was given a sensible ride by Fergus Gillard, chasing the leader until taking up the running at the third last.  He was always doing enough in the closing stages to see off his rivals and win a shade cosily.  This was his second success at the track in less than a fortnight and he is entered there again on Thursday.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Carlisle, Ffos Las and Leicester.  David has one runner today as Paricolor contests the selling hurdle at Leicester at 1.28pm.  He was a comfortable winner over course and distance last time and has similar conditions underfoot today.  He looks sure to go well again and whilst he has a little to find at the weights, winning jockey Fergus Gillard takes 5lbs off his back.  Chef de Troupe looks to be the one to beat.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newbury, Newcastle, Bangor and Doncaster, whilst there is an all-weather flat fixture from Wolverhampton.  The big race of the day is the Ladbroke Trophy from Newbury at 3.00pm, although even after all this time I still think of it as the Hennessy Gold Cup.  As usual, it is a highly competitive contest with 18 runners in the line-up and they go 7/1 the field.  If I were forced to pick one, I wouldn't be surprised to see Potterman go well at a decent price - he is due a hike in future handicaps and loves a sound surface.

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The good form of the stable continued with the success of Nobel Joshua (pictured above) in the 3m handicap hurdle at Taunton yesterday afternoon.  Given a good ride from conditional rider Fergus Gillard, he was always handy and tried to nick it on the home bend.  He had just been joined but was finding plenty when left clear two from home and the race was never really in doubt after that.  He has proven to be another shrewd purchase by David with the likes of Nobel Joshua, To Fly Free and a certain Main Fact all costing a mere £6,000!  Nordic Combined also ran a very good race in the 2m3f handicap hurdle, looking the most likely winner for much of the way before hanging his chance away approaching the last.  He is a talented individual but has a few quirks.  Even so, this was a personal best effort and he should continue to give a good account going forward.

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Delface produced a gutsy performance to land the 2m novices' handicap chase at Hereford yesterday afternoon.  Given a good, positive ride by Fergus Gillard, he jumped well until clouting the last couple of fences and after being headed at the last, he responded bravely to get back up by the narrowest of margins.  The members of the Pipe's Prospectors syndicate will be delighted I am sure.  Delface was beaten by a length in this race last year from a mark of 105 and prevailed this year by a nose from 104 so it looks like the handicapper had it absolutely right...you don't hear that very often, although I wouldn't be saying it if we were beaten by a nose!

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                   Bumpy Johnson
       Makes His Hurdling Debut Today

It is a busy day for the yard with six runners spread across two meetings today.  We have two runners at Wetherby, Ranco and Thedabber and four runners at Hereford, Bumpy Johnson, Delface, Miss Tynte and Elan De Balme.  The first runner of the day is Bumpy Johnson at Hereford in the first race, a novice hurdle due off at 12.05pm and Tom Scudamore rides.  He was impressive in winning a bumper at Fontwell on his sole start for the yard so far and is tackling hurdles for the first time this afternoon, although he has run in an Irish point to point.  He has a good engine and fingers crossed he should get our day off to a nice start.

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