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 good weekend for the stable runners with the success of Make Me A Believer (pictured above) in the bumper at Chepstow on Saturday.  It looked like a good race on paper and I am sure it will be throwing up plenty of winners.  I particularly liked the way he fought off a string of challengers in the straight to win under David Noonan.  He looks like another smart recruit and I cannot wait to see him tackle hurdles.  On Sunday Rathlin Rose finished a very creditable sixth in the Velka Pardubicka, one of the strangest races anywhere on the calendar.  I thought that he was going to win at the penultimate fence, but the 4m2½f trip proved too much for him in the closing stages.  He still picked up almost £7,000 for his efforts.

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Following the abandonment of Newton Abbot earlier in the week due to waterlogging, there is only one meeting left on these shores this afternoon.  That is a flat card from Goodwood, but there is a good card over at the Curragh which hosts three Listed contests, whilst the yard will be eagerly awaiting news of Rathlin Rose (pictured above) who contests the Velka Pardubicka in the Czech Republic this afternoon at 3.40pm (British time).  He will be ridden by James Best who has ridden in the race before and schooled Rathlin Rose at home.  Let's hope that he takes to the fences and comes home safe and sound.  The race will be shown on RacingTV.

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What a great day at Chepstow yesterday afternoon as Vieux Lion Rouge landed the Caroline Tisdall sponsored veteran's handicap chase.  How do you present the trophy to yourself?!  It was an exciting race to watch and our ten year old was given a fine ride by Conor O'Farrell who produced him on the run-in with a telling late burst to collect the valuable prize.  It was just like old times with the Irishman back in the saddle.  Caroline's other runner, Dell' Arca also ran with credit in fifth place and picked up a bit of prize money too.  Meanwhile, Queens Cave also posted a very promising effort on her first start back from an absence.  She finished runner-up to Silver Forever in the mares' novices' hurdle and this looked to be a good race on paper.  The first two home both look worth following and will be winning nice races.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newmarket, York and Newcastle as well as a jumps card from Chepstow.  I always thought of this Chepstow fixture as the start of the jumps season proper as it used to be the first meeting covered by the BBC years ago.  David has four runners at the meeting; Vieux Lion Rouge, Dell' Arca, Stream Lady and Queens Cave.  Vieux Lion Rouge and Dell' Arca contest the veteran's chase at 3.55pm, a race that is sponsored by their owner, Professor Caroline Tisdall.  Dell' Arca has been a tremendous servant down the years and would have a chance on his best form from a mark of 135 under David Noonan.  Vieux Lion Rouge (pictured above) finished runner-up in the Becher Chase last season and if he were anywhere near that form, he would go well from a mark 4lbs below his last winning mark.  Conor O'Farrell is in the saddle.

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There was a good winner for the stable at Wincanton yesterday with Midnight Magic winning the staying handicap chase.  He jumped really well and saw out his race nicely to score with a bit in hand.  This was our seven year old's first success after some near misses and it was a fantastic result for his owner/breeders Midd Shire Racing who have been very patient with him.  Hopefully with this win under his belt he can go on to further success.  Percy Street also performed creditably on the same card to finish a close third in the 2m4f handicap hurdle and should be winning further races judged on this effort.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Nottingham, Kempton and Newcastle as well as jumps fixtures from Ludlow and Wincanton.  David has two runners at Wincanton today; Percy Street (pictured above) and Midnight Magic.  Percy Street (who carries the purple and yellow silks of new owners David & Christine Stam) contests the 2m4f handicap hurdle at 3.45pm.  He is a course and distance winner on this ground and from this handicap mark, so he certainly has the ability to go well.  Champion jockey Richard Johnson has been booked to ride and whilst this looks a stronger race a repeat of that effort would see him in with a decent chance.  Midnight Magic runs in the 3m1f handicap chase at 4.20pm and he has been knocking on the door having finished runner-up on his last three starts.  He stays well and a mark of 94 does not look unreasonable.  Good chance of going one better under David Noonan.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with all the action coming on the level from Leicester, Brighton, Catterick and Chelmsford City.  Ballard Down performed with credit to finish fourth at Stratford yesterday in a most peculiar novices' hurdle.  The first four were the only ones who were ever involved in the race and those that were in front of our runner all had decent form in the book.  Ballard Down jumped well enough and there should be races in him over hurdles based on this evidence.

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