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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps cards taking place at Kempton and Sedgefield.  The pick of the action definitely comes at Kempton where they host a couple of Listed contests, although the fields have been blighted by the good (good/firm in places) ground which has been watered.  The biggest field on their seven race cards has attracted only six runners which is a great pity for the track and of course the sponsors who have supported the races.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Ascot and Catterick, an all weather flat fixture from Wolverhampton and jumps meetings from Market Rasen, Ffos Las and Stratford.  David has two runners today; Leoncavallo and Umbrigado who both contest the ultra-competitive Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las at 4.35pm.  Umbrigado (pictured above) took well to fences last season, winning three times, including the Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury.  He is 7lbs lower over hurdles compared to his chase mark so has a chance on that basis, although he may ideally prefer a bit more cut in the ground.  David Noonan rides.  Our other runner is Leoncavallo, who will be partnered by Tom Scudamore.  He is a tough and genuine individual, who ran really well at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals last season and should give his running once again.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Redcar and Haydock, an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle and jumps meetings from Fakenham and Uttoxeter.  David has one runner today as Ranco contests the 2m handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter at 4.15pm.  A winner on the flat for the stable, his profile has been a little in and out over hurdles, but he produced a very good performance when runner-up at Warwick in June behind a subsequent three-time winner.  A reproduction of that effort would give him every chance and he looks to have each-way claims with conditional jockey Fergus Gillard claiming 3lbs off his back.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Brighton, an all-weather flat fixture from Chelmsford City and jumps cards from Wincanton and Carlisle.  Believe it or not, the best of the action comes tonight at Chelmsford where their 1m (0-95) handicap tops the bill.  It is a competitive contest with some promising types in the line-up, the best of which could be the consistent three year old, Far Hope.  The only time she has finished out of the frame was at Royal Ascot, so can be excused that - she went close last time out and should be thereabouts again.  Championship competitor William Buick is in the saddle and looks to have each-way claims at a decent price.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Nottingham and Bath, an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton and a jumps card from Wetherby.  David has one runner today as former Cheltenham Festival winning chaser Siruh du Lac (pictured above) makes his seasonal debut in the 2m3½f novices hurdle at Wetherby at 2.48pm.  It is his first run for almost a year and his first over timber since January 2017.  He is a high class horse and this looks like a nice opportunity for his first start of the season with bigger targets lying ahead.  There are a couple of decent prospects in opposition, but he should be thereabouts under Tom Scudamore.

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Ocean Heights ran a race full of promise at Kempton last night, finishing a close second in the 1m3½f novices' stakes.  It is a shame he swung a bit wide in the straight, allowing the eventual winner up the inside but he kept on extremely well in the closing stages to harry the favourite all the way to the line.  With £399,000 the difference between the pair the last time they went through the sales ring, I think I know where the value lies!  Ocean Heights was bought with hurdling in mind, but there are certainly races to be won with him on the flat on this evidence.  Our other runner yesterday, Olympe de Gouges was unplaced in the maiden at Wolverhampton but having only her second ever start, the experience will not be lost on her.

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There was a good winner for the stable at Newton Abbot yesterday when Grangeclare Glory (pictured above) ran out the winner of the 2m5½f handicap hurdle under Tom Scudamore.  Always travelling well behind the leaders, he took it up three from home and was still upsides when left clear by the fall of the favourite at the penultimate hurdle.  Another good jump at the last sealed matters and it is great to get his head in front for Professor Tisdall.  Ramses de Teillee also produced a decent first effort of the season, finishing third in the staying handicap hurdle.  The ground was probably a little too lively for him and the tight nature of the track would not have played to his strengths, but he still picked up some reasonable prize money and he is entitled to progress for this first outing since March.

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