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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Uttoxeter, a flat fixture from Pontefract and all-weather action from Chelmsford.  David has two runners at Uttoxeter today; Free Chakarte and El Paso Wood.  Free Chakarte (pictured above) is the first of those as she contests the juvenile hurdle at 1.20pm.  She has made a good start to her hurdling career, winning first time at Hexham and finishing in the frame on her next three starts.  With no Mucuna in the line-up, she looks sure to go well and could be the one to beat under Tom Scudamore.

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A colder start to the day.  There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Ascot, Newmarket, York and Salisbury as well as on the all-weather at Newcastle and Lingfield.  The big race of the day is the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot at 3.35pm.  It is a race that seems to have lost some of it's significance over the years.  I remember when my great hero, Reference Point won a top quality renewal in 1987 (was it really 35 years ago?), it was the premier all age middle distance test but that doesn't seem to be so much the case anymore with the race often producing small fields owing to lucrative alternatives elsewhere.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Uttoxeter and flat fixtures from Thirsk, Ascot, York, Newmarket and Chepstow.  David has three runners at Uttoxeter today; Port O'Clock, Defi d'Oudairies and Koi Dodville.  Port O'Clock is the first of them as he contests the 3m novices' handicap chase at 2.10pm.  He has run well in two starts for the stable, finishing a close second on both outings and a repeat of those efforts should see him right there again for the David Pipe Racing Club.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Worcester and flat fixtures from Sandown, Yarmouth, Doncaster and Newbury.  David has three runners today; d'Jango and Kolisi at Worcester and Lady Reset on the level at Sandown.  d'Jango is the first of them as he contests the 2m7f handicap chase at 1.35pm.  He has been in great form of late, winning twice over course and distance (over hurdles and fences).  He is 7lbs higher this afternoon which will make things tougher, but he is clearly fully effective under these conditions and should go close once again.  Philip Armson takes 5lbs off his back.

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Temperatures have dropped compared to the last few days and the good news for the staff is they get an extra hour in bed as the working day returns to normal.  There are five meetings taking place this afternoon, although unfortunately, if you are a fan of the jumps, you are going to have to wait an extra day for their return.  The action today comes from Catterick, Sandown and Leicester on the flat and Lingfield and Southwell on the all-weather.

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It was another early start for everyone at Pond House this morning as the alarms were set for an hour earlier than normal to once again beat the predicted high temperatures forecast for today. Everything went well yesterday and horses and humans appreciated getting all the work done before things were too warm. An extended break followed for a Mediterranean type siesta before they returned later in the day to do ‘evening’ stables. We were lucky enough to have a bit of a breeze throughout the day and a few clouds so while it was hot it was not quite as bad as once feared. The horses coped well and the day ran smoothly, fingers crossed for the same again today.

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It was a case of ‘what might have been’ at Newton Abbot yesterday where the stable ended up with two seconds and Dindin was a faller at the final fence in his chase with the race at his mercy from our three runners. We did not run Nibras Gold in the novice hurdle as we felt the ground was just a little too quick for our four year old. He does have some form on faster ground but he is a horse we like a lot and decided not to risk him on this occasion with the the official going described as good to firm in places.

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