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                       Swing Bill

Swing Bill was a 2001 born handsome grey gelding by Grey Risk and his dam was called Melodie Royale.  I have to confess he held a special place in my own heart as well as many of us here at Pond House.  He was not even one of the best horses to have been at the yard and I certainly would have not liked to have ridden him up the gallops but he was a gentleman in the stable and a real character.  He had a lot of health issues off the track but still was a star in his own right on the racecourse and he played a significant part in several young jockeys’ careers.

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         Golden Jeffrey runs at Chepstow

Firstly, apologies for the problems with our website today.  We have has some technical issues but thankfully we are back up and running now.  Today we have one runner at Chepstow, Golden Jeffrey runs in the 4.50pm, two mile handicap on the flat and Rossa Ryan rides.  He ran better than his finishing position suggests last time at Sandown.  In a slowly run race he was outpaced as they quickened up in the straight but Rossa felt he galloped all the way to the line.  He dropped in the handicap slightly for this and the extra two furlongs is another bonus today.  He is a multiple winner on the flat and over hurdles and he is a good each way price today and we are hopeful he can run well.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with the action all coming on the level from Goodwood, Pontefract, Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  The stable has a rare runner on the level today as Miss M makes her debut for the Pond House team at Lingfield.  She contests the 1m4f handicap at 8.25pm and will be ridden by Finley Marsh.  She has won three times at around this trip and has shown toughness and consistency in her grade and looks sure to give her running again today.

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What a race for the Sussex Stakes yesterday with Mohaather delivering a decisive late challenge under Jim Crowley to beat Circus Maximus.  I thought for a moment that the Ballydoyle team had played a blinder with Circus Maximus leading and the other two O'Brien runners to his outside a length off each other as it looked as if they had managed to box in the entire field.  You would feel aggrieved if you owned 2,000 Guineas hero Kameko who never saw daylight, whilst the winner also met trouble in running but produced an excellent turn of foot to get himself out of trouble.  It is a shame that one of the Classic generation couldn't exert themselves over the field, but take nothing away from a very good winner.  Over in Ireland, Early Doors was successful in the Galway Plate for J P McManus, staving off the Mullins and Elliott brigades in a tight finish.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Goodwood and Thirsk and a jumps fixture from Bangor.  David has one runner this afternoon as Lady Reset contests the first division of the 2m½f novices' hurdle at Bangor at 12 noon.  As a dual-winner, she had some decent form on the flat with a rating in the 70's and she was not disgraced when fourth on her hurdling debut.  Tom Scudamore takes the ride and whilst the favourite sets a useful standard, we look to have each-way claims.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with the action all coming on the flat from Goodwood, Ayr and Yarmouth.  It is day one of the 'Glorious' meeting from Goodwood, the first of five great cards and it doesn't get much better than today's highlight, the Goodwood Cup which takes place at 3.15pm.  It features triple Ascot Gold Cup hero Stradivarius as he takes on potentially his biggest challenge so far in Irish Derby winner Santiago to who he has to concede 15lbs.  There is also a Group 2 contest on the card so we have some interesting action to watch this afternoon and the meeting is covered by ITV.  There are no runners from Pond House today.

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The long trip up to Cartmel was to no avail yesterday, although both of our runners performed creditably.  I'lletyougonow plugged on to finish third in the 2m1f novices' hurdle.  She has filled the frame on her last two starts over timber and is now eligible for handicaps.  A winner on the flat, she certainly looks capable of winning something similar.  Paricolor was in the process of running a good first race over fences when coming to grief at the third last.  He was still going well at the time and seemed sure to have been involved in the finish.  He has jumped nicely up to that point and he is certainly going to be winning over fences sooner rather than later.

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