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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps meetings from Stratford and Newton Abbot and a flat fixture from Redcar.  David has four runners at Newton Abbot where there is a lovely day forecast with bright sunshine and temperatures in the low 20's.  I would imagine there will be a good crowd with plenty of holidaymakers to the English Riviera in attendance - Newton Abbot has always been one of my favourites courses, although I haven't been there for a good many years.

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There is a bumper day of racing ahead, with no less than eight meetings taking place on these shores this afternoon.  The action comes from Market Rasen and Cartmel over the sticks and Newbury, Newmarket, Ripon, Chester, Doncaster and Haydock on the flat.  David has three runners today at Market Rasen; Romain de Senam, Al Roc and Texard (pictured above).  Romain de Senam is the first of those as he runs in the 2m7f handicap hurdle at 2.06pm.  He ran well for a long way in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter last month and reverts to hurdles from a lower mark.  Philip Armson takes 5lbs off his back and he has claims in an open race.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Newbury, Haydock, Nottingham, Newmarket, Hamilton and Pontefract.  If you are a fan of the jumps, you are out of luck, although the Irish have a couple of meetings from Killarney and Kilbeggan.  Given the lack of NH racing, it is unsurprising that there are no runners from the Pond House team today, although we will be back at Market Rasen with three runners tomorrow, two of which contest the big race...come back then to find out more.

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The stable was back among the winners with Texard bolting up in the 2m4f handicap chase at Uttoxeter yesterday afternoon.  Stepping up to 2m4f, he was always travelling well within himself at the head of the field and put in a flawless round of jumping under Philip Armson.  He soon had his rivals in trouble and stretched right away in the straight to score by 28 lengths.  He is in the valuable Summer Plate at Market Rasen on Saturday and he would likely be well-in if turning out under a penalty.  Itacare was below his best in the staying handicap hurdle, finishing fourth.  Perhaps now, he might get a few pounds off his back from the handicapper?

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Uttoxeter, flat fixtures from Brighton, Catterick and Yarmouth and all-weather action from Lingfield.  David has two runners today at Uttoxeter; Itacare and Texard.  Itacare contests the 2m7½f handicap hurdle at 4.13pm.  A winner at Ludlow in March, he has continued to run well without getting his head in front since.  He was beaten just over a length under similar conditions at Worcester last time out but remains 10lbs above his last winning mark.  He should be right there again under Tom Scudamore but this is a very competitive contest despite the small field size.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Southwell, flat fixtures from Bath and Beverley and an all-weather flat card from Chelmsford City.  David has three runners today at Southwell; Dindin, Red Happy (pictured above) and Kalma.  Dindin is the first of those as he contests the 2m4f handicap chase at 6.10pm.  He ran well at Stratford on Sunday when just reeled in after the last over two miles.  This longer trip looks sure to suit and he looks to have a decent chance once again with Philip Armson in the saddle.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Newton Abbot, flat fixtures from Ayr, Ffos Las and Windsor and all-weather action from Wolverhampton.  David has two runners today at Newton Abbot; Secret Boris and Al Roc (pictured above).  Secret Boris contests the 2m5f handicap chase at 2.05pm.  A winner over fences in France last season, he has not run for almost a year.  He goes nicely at home, although is fully entitled to improve for this first start under rules in this country.  Philip Armson rides and claims 5lbs off his back.

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