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          Percy Street on the Gallops

Both our two mares ran well at Stratford yesterday.  I'lletyougonow finished second in the first division of the mares hurdle at odds of 25/1.  She was quite keen early but jumped really well on only her second start over hurdles and moved through to challenge approaching the last but could not quite go with the favourite after that.  The course had had quite a bit of rain which made the ground softer than ideal for both of our runners.  While they both handled conditions, both would have preferred the rain to have stayed away.  Lady Reset also ran well on her hurdling debut in the second division of the mares novices hurdle to finish fourth.  They went no pace at all early which did not suit but she held every chance turning for home.  While the favourite who finished second has a rating of 130 which is probably too high, it shows that our filly ran to a fairly good level of form to be not be too far behind that one.  She jumped well and the most important thing is that both horses are fine this morning.  They have both been on the horse walker and are out in the paddocks for a pick of grass and both will be capable of winning over hurdles this summer.

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                     Lady Reset

Today we have two runners at Stratford, I’lletyougonow and Lady Reset.  The mares’ novice hurdle divided and so we have a runner in each division of the race.  Tom Scudamore rides both and I’lletyougonow runs in the first division at 1.20pm.  She has only had one run over hurdles before and that was at Warwick in January.  That was a useful race and she ran okay but finished a well beaten fifth in the end.  She is a flat winner, will prefer the better ground today and this is not as strong a race.  The track will suit and providing she settles okay fingers crossed she has an each way chance.

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                     Champleve 
       (Photo courtesy of gettyimages)

Champleve was a 1993 born gorgeous grey gelding by Kendor and his dam was Nilmeen.  He only had a very short career but he was high class and was a Cheltenham Festival winner in the colours of owner David Johnson.  He started his career in France and won over hurdles on his second start at Auteuil in October 1997. He came over to England right after this victory and made his Pond House debut the following month.

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             Midnight Magic Runs Today

After a fantastic weekend on flat racing it is great to have a few jumps meetings to look forward to this week.  David has three runners at Uttoxeter today, Le Grand Rocher, Dell'arca and Midnight Magic.  Le Grand Rocher makes his stable debut in the 1.25pm novices hurdle over two miles with Tom Scudamore on board.  He has to improve on what he has shown so far but hopefully wind surgery and better ground may help today.  Dell'arca runs in the three mile hurdle race at 3pm with Tom Scu on board.  He was a good third last time out at Newbury in February.  While he would prefer the ground to probably be a bit softer he is in good form at home and looks to have a good each way chance.  Midnight Magic runs in the 4.30pm handicap chase with David Noonan on board.  While he is rated 104 and this is a 0-120 3m2f handicap chase, it does not necessarily look the strongest race on paper for the grade.  He wears his customary red visor to help him concentrate and he was very consistent last season.  He won at Wincanton and was runner up three times as well.  He did not enjoy the soft conditions on his final run at Taunton in December so he can be forgiven that effort.  He has had wind surgery since then and is in good form at home so fingers crossed he can run well.

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                Pablo Du Charmil

Pablo Du Charmil is a 2001 chestnut gelding by Lyphard’s Wish and his dam was called Pacifie Du Charmil.  He was a very good horse, probably just under top class, trained firstly at Pond House by MCP and then David when he took over the reins.  He ran in the purple colours of Joe Moran and has the Grade 1 Haldon Gold Cup is on his role of honour.

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     Midnight Magic likely runner Uttoxeter

Today we of course have the Derby from Epsom, just over a month later than would usually be the case.  Aidan O’Brien won the Irish equivalent last week and can he win today’s feature as well? The Derby is off at 4.55pm and Ryan Moore is on board Mogul for the Ballydoyle team.  They are third in the betting at 5/1 with Frankie Dettori on favourite English King and the 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko second best for Oisin Murphy at 4/1.  It looks a mouth-watering contest but for me it is hard to get away from the favourite.

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                  The Liquidator

The Liquidator is a 2008 born bay gelding by Overbury and his dam was called Alikat.  Some of you may know, but we actually trained his mum here at Pond House!  She ran in the blue and green colours of David Johnson and she was a pretty good mare herself.  She won five races and was rated 134 at best.  The Liquidator was her first foal and although she has had a few more since, none have achieved quite such a high level as he did.  He was David’s first Grade 1 Irish winner when winning the Champion Bumper at Punchestown in 2013.

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