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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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Warwick and Catterick and a couple of all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Kempton.  David has two runners today; I'lletyougonow and Main Fact.  I'lletyougonow (pictured above) makes her debut for the stable in the 2m juvenile hurdle at Warwick at 1.00pm.  This is also her first start over hurdles but she showed a decent level of ability on the flat at distances of around a mile.  This looks like a decent contest with several of her rivals already showing a good level of form.  She is entitled to learn plenty for the experience but has schooled well at home.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.  Our other runner is Main Fact who contests the 2m handicap hurdle at 4.15pm.  He produced a very good effort last time after a 600 day absence to finish a very close third at Exeter.  He is 6lbs higher this afternoon, which obviously makes life harder, but that form has been well advertised with the first two home winning again since.  Good chance under Tom Scudamore.

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It is another cold start to the day with a white frost on the ground.  Unsurprisingly there are early morning inspections at both jumps meetings; Exeter and Leicester.  There are no such problems at Newcastle's all-weather flat fixture where they host a seven race card.  Should Exeter get the go ahead David will have four runners - Flou Artsistique, Sexy Lot, Ekayburg and Great Tempo.

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Ghost Serge Winner at Wolverhampton

Ghost Serge emerged out of the thick fog at Wolverhampton to win the 4.10pm race yesterday under Finley Marsh over 1m4f.  Ghost Serge is a bit of a character to say the least but a very talented one on his day!  We were particularly delighted for his owners Keith and Lynne Webb as we have had a few issues since he arrived but a win makes it all worthwhile.  They have been great supporters of Pond House for many years so it is fantastic he won in their colours.  He was a little reluctant going to the start but he did nothing wrong in the race.  Drawn widest of all Finley Marsh rousted him away from the stalls and took up a good position behind the leader.  As that one began to tire he took over the running and kept galloping all the way to the line on his first try at the trip under a fine ride from Finley Marsh. 

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Ayr and an all-weather flat fixture from Wolverhampton.  I guess if you are a fan of the jumps, you are out of luck if you live in the south.  Even so, we still have a runner today as Ghost Serge contests the 1m4f handicap at Wolverhampton at 4.10pm.  He has plenty of talent but has his quirks too.  He wasn't disgraced when returned to the level last time and this is a slightly easier grade.  He has top weight to contend with but jockey Finley Marsh takes 3lbs off his back.  Could well outrun his odds.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Haydock, Ascot and our local track, Taunton.  Meanwhile, there is all-weather flat action from Lingfield and Chelmsford City.  David has four runners today; Champers On Ice (pictured above) in the Peter Marsh Chase and Golden Jeffrey, Daklondike and Jacbequick at Taunton.  Taunton host a rare Saturday card, but it is high on quality with the Portman Cup the highlight and their richest race of the entire season.  I am sure they will be rewarded with a good crowd.  The ground will be testing and it was cold this morning, so if you are attending, make sure to wrap up warm.

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       ***UPDATE – KEPAGGE NON-RUNNER
                     AT CHEPSTOW***

There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action coming from Chepstow and Mussleburgh, whilst there are all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Newcastle.  Given the spate of abandonments we have had in recent days it is something of a surprise that Chepstow gets the go ahead without so much as a precautionary look.  With a reading of 3.2 on the going stick on the chase course it is certainly going to be extremely testing.  David has one runner today as Kepagge (pictured above) contests the 2m3½f novices' hurdle.  He was a convincing bumper winner at the track in November and won on his hurdling debut at Leicester last time despite some untidy jumps.  He has schooled well at home and is capable of better than he showed that day.  Getaway Fred is the one to beat, but Kepagge has a chance under Tom Scudamore.  Unfortunately there are only seven runners so the bookies will only pay two places.

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Following an early morning inspection, Wincanton have taken the decision to abandon their meeting this afternoon leaving just three fixtures today.  There is jumps action from Market Rasen and Ludlow as well as an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  We were due to have three runners at Wincanton today but the inclement conditions means that we now have a blank day.  Tom Scudamore and David Noonan were also both due to ride at the meeting so it is a shame all round.

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