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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Newton Abbot and flat fixtures from Brighton, Beverley and Newbury.  David has two in at Newton Abbot; Al Roc and Port O'Clock.  Al Roc (pictured above) is in the 2m5f handicap chase at 8.00pm and he has had a good start to the season, winning three times, including over course and distance, although he needs to improve on his latest effort at Worcester to figure here.

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The stable was among the winners again yesterday when Do Ya Feel Lucky bolted up in the 2m4f handicap hurdle at Worcester under Tom Scudamore.  Making most of the running, she had most of her rivals in trouble from a fair way out and bounded clear in the straight to win by 13 lengths.  I would imagine that David will be thumbing through the programme book to find another race for her before she is reassessed by the handicapper.  Port O'Clock also ran a nice race, just being touched off in the 2m7f handicap chase on his first start for the stable.  He gave the members of the David Pipe Racing Club a real thrill and looks sure to be going one better before too long.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Worcester and Hexham and a flat fixture from Pontefract.  David has four runners today at Worcester; Port O'Clock, Al Roc (pictured above), Do Ya Feel Lucky and Cadeau d'Or.

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There is a busy day of racing ahead with seven meetings taking place on these shores today.  The jumps action comes from Perth, whilst there are flat fixtures from Ascot, Ayr, Newmarket, Redcar and Haydock on the all-weather at Lingfield.  Of course, the big meeting is at Ascot where it is the final day of their Royal meeting and it has drawn plenty of runners as you would expect.  I had to double take when I saw 27 runners lining up for the Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes at 4.20pm.  When was the last time you saw that many runners in a Group 1 race?  Mind you, with £567,000 prize money to the winner, it is not surprising.  With the 28 runner Wokingham Stakes following that, good luck if you are thinking of having a go at the ITV 7!

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Olympe De Gouges runs at Market Rasen Today

Today we have two runners at Market Rasen, Olympe De Gouges and Defi D'oudairies.  Olympe De Gouges runs in in the 1.35pm mares handicap hurdle over two miles with David Noonan in the saddle.  She won over hurdles at Doncaster in March and we tried to run her quickly after that up at Musselburgh but she disappointed in a much better race.  We have given her a nice break since then and she is on good form at home.  She drops down markedly in grade with the addition of cheek pieces this afternoon and we will be disappointed if she cannot be involved in the finish.  She runs in the colours of the Value Racing Club.

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 Heure De Gloire runs at Ffos Las this Evening

It is a busy evening for the team at Ffos Las tonight with five runners from Pond House heading to West Wales.  Dindin is our first runner on the card, in the 6.00pm handicap chase with Philip Armson on board.  He ran his best race to date since coming from France at Newton Abbot the other evening to finish third with a blunder two out not helping his cause.  He should appreciate going back up in distance in this race and while it looks pretty competitive on paper and reproduction of his latest run should give him a chance in this.  Miss M is our second runner on the card and she runs in the 6.35pm mares handicap chase.  She finished fourth, albeit well beaten at the track last time and again should appreciate going back up in distance in this race tonight.  There is already one non runner so leaves a field of seven.  Our mare is one of the outsiders in this contest but fingers crossed she can put her best foot forward and we will see how she gets on for the David Pipe Racing Club.

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 Flammarion runs on the Flat at Nottingham

Today we have one runner on the flat at Nottingham this evening, Flammarion runs in the 6.50pm, 1m6F handicap with Rab Havlin on board.  Flammarion had a little winter break and returned on the flat at Chepstow the other day and was a never nearer sixth over 1m4f.  He will appreciate the extra distance today and the handicapper dropped him three pounds which will help as well.  The Racing Post have him about fifth in the betting at 10/1 and hopefully he has a good each way chance.

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