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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Southwell and flat fixtures from Hamilton, Brighton and Chepstow.  David has one runner today as Texard (pictured above) contests the 2m1f handicap chase at Stratford at 6.50pm.  He was a brave winner at Uttoxeter on Sunday and turns out here under a 7lbs penalty.  This looks a competitive contest with a couple of last time out winners in the line-up, but a repeat of his latest effort would give him every chance once again.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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It was another winning weekend for the stable when Texard (pictured above) produced a gutsy performance to land the 2m handicap chase at Uttoxeter yesterday afternoon under Tom Scudamore.  Given a well-judge front-running ride, he jumped really well and kept on tenaciously once challenged in the straight to record a length success.  He is declared to run again at Stratford tomorrow evening where he will be able to compete under a penalty.  Romain de Senam was far from disgraced in the valuable Summer Cup, finishing sixth after cutting out most of the running.  Bashful Boy was below his best in the 2m1f handicap hurdle at Cartmel, but did suffer from a bit buffeting during a rough race and is better than this.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Uttoxeter and Cartmel and a flat fixture from Windsor.  David has runners at both jumps meetings with the lorry leaving early this morning to get to Cartmel in time for the 2.20pm race.  Bashful Boy (pictured above) runs in the valuable 2m1f handicap hurdle.  He produced a brave performance to score at Market Rasen last time out, never going better than he was at the finish.  Blinkers are applied for the first time today and hopefully they will help.  He is 5lbs higher in the weights now and this is a very competitive contest, but he has each way claims with Philip Armson in the saddle.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon, but you are out of luck if you are a fan of the jumps.  The action comes on the flat from Newmarket, Windsor, Chester and Doncaster and on the all-weather from Newcastle and Lingfield.  The closest you will get to the jumps today is the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle where a number of trainers better known for their exploits over jumps, field some runners.

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After a scorching few days of beautiful sunshine, the rain has finally arrived.  The skies are decidedly murky and there is plenty of the wet stuff in the forecast for the weekend.  Summer's over I presume?!  There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Cartmel, flat fixtures from Doncaster, Yarmouth, Newmarket and Chester and all-weather action from Newmarket.  I'm afraid it's a fairly non-descript day for a Friday, with the best of the action coming from Ireland.  The Curragh hosts a competitive card with the Group 2 Curragh Cup over 1m6f the highlight, although it does look something of an O'Brien benefit with Aiden or Joseph responsible for five of the eight runners.

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It was a good day for the stable yesterday with a winner and a couple of seconds at Worcester.  Nibras Gold ran out a ready victor of the first division of the 2m maiden hurdle on the card under David Noonan for the Value Racing Club.  Handy throughout, he took up the running turning in to the straight and soon had matters firmly under control.  He still showed signs of inexperience on only his second start over hurdles, taking a good look at the last, but looks a nice prospect in the making.  A stayer on the flat, he should get further in time over timber.  It was a glorious, sunny day and there were plenty of happy members present to greet their winner.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Worcester, flat fixtures from Carlisle, Salisbury and Bath and an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton.  It looks like being a busy day for the Pond House team with no less than five runners at Worcester; Texard, Via Dolorosa, American Sniper, Nibras Gold and Iron Heart.  Texard is the first of these as he contests the 2m handicap chase at 1.35pm.  He produced a decent first effort for the stable when third at Aintree and would have been closer still but for an error at the last.  He is 1lb lower this afternoon and Philip Armson claims a handy 5lbs off his back so he looks sure to go well again.

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