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There is a busy day ahead with four meetings taking place.  There are flat cards from Ascot, York and Wolverhampton, whilst there is a jumps fixture from Cartmel.  The team face an early start this morning with our two Cartmel runners; I’lletyougonow and Paricolor leaving the yard at 4am. 

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with the action all coming on the level from Ascot, Doncaster, Newmarket and York.  The big race of the day is obviously the King George Vi & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot which takes place at 3.35pm and sees wonder mare Enable bidding for a third triumph in the race.  There is a disappointing turnout with just three runners following the defection of last year's Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck.  Maybe it is just my rose-tinted glasses, but I remember when the King George was one of the most important races on the calendar.  It certainly seems to have lost some of it's lustre, although I suppose the late start to the season and the compressed nature of the racing calendar has presented as many opportunities in a much shorter timeframe.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newmarket, Beverley and Ripon as well as a jumps card from Newton Abbot.  There are a couple of runners for the team today as Jasmin des Bordes and Percy Street go at Newton Abbot's evening fixture.  Jasmin des Bordes contests the 3m2½f handicap hurdle at 6.05pm.  He has plenty of placed form in point-to-points, bumpers and hurdles that would give him a chance here.  He was disappointing on his return to action but is 5lbs lower in the handicap now, despite having to carry topweight.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.  Our other runner at the meeting is Percy Street (pictured above) who runs in the 2m5½f handicap hurdle at 6.35pm.  It is a competitive little contest but he is consistent and won over hurdles at Wincanton last season from a 1lb higher mark and will certainly like this ground.  Amateur jockey Fergus Gillard takes a handy 7lbs off his back and he is not without a chance.

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An exciting day lies ahead as the stable has five runners at Uttoxeter this afternoon.  They are Huccaby, Story Of Friends, Malangen, Airton and Midnight Magic.  Huccaby contests the 2m7½f handicap hurdle at 1.10pm and he is partnered by promising amateur jockey Fergus Gillard.  He showed some promise last term, notably on his final start at Plumpton in January.  That was on very different ground, but he looks as though he will benefit from this longer trip and cannot be dismissed from his light weight.

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The stable managed to get off the mark for the new season in the best possible style yesterday when Leoncavallo (pictured above) justified favouritism in the novices' chase at Stratford.  Given a positive ride from Tom Scudamore, he was sent on five from home and scooted away in the home straight to post an impressive 13 length success.  The time was good too, with him narrowly missing the track record despite being heavily eased for much of the run-in.  Whilst he has form on softer ground, the prevailing surface at Stratford certainly seemed to suit him.  His jumping was good on the whole and he looks sure to be winning again over the larger obstacles before long.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with two flat cards from Chepstow and Sandown supported by jumps fixtures from Stratford and Perth.  David has one runner this afternoon as Leoncavallo (pictured above) runs in the 2m5f novices' chase at Stratford at 1.20pm.  He was a very useful hurdler, winning on numerous occasions and showed that he still retains plenty of ability when runner-up on his first start for the stable on the flat last month when beaten only a nose.  He had run over fences once previously when second at Worcester in September 2018.  He has pleased in his schooling at home and looks to hold solid claims this afternoon under Tom Scudamore.

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                 Master Overseer

Master Overseer was the winner of the Midlands Grand National for David and was a very good staying chaser.  He is a 2003 bay gelding by Old Vic and his dam was called Crogreen Lass.    David bought him from the Doncaster Breeze up sales as an unraced three year old and he made a winning stable debut at Fontwell in a Bumper in  March 2007 with A P McCoy in the saddle.  He won very easily and by 26 lengths in heavy ground!

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