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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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Following the abandonment of Redcar earlier in the week due to waterlogging we are left with three meetings on these shores.  The action comes from Exeter over the sticks, whilst there are all-weather flat cards from Southwell and Kempton.  It is Exeter's big meeting of the season with the Haldon Gold Cup the highlight.  David has four runners at Exeter today; Dell' Arca (pictured above), Queen Adelaide, Airton & Buster Edwards.

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I thought that Nordic Combined put up a good first effort of the season when third in the valuable Listed Sodexo handicap hurdle at Ascot, beaten only three lengths.  He was staying on well in the closing stages and looks sure to be winning sooner rather than later, perhaps over slightly further and on softer ground.  It seems amazing that he remains a maiden over hurdles given the good placed form that he has shown thus far.  There was drama in the big chase at Ascot on Saturday when Diego du Charmil completely took his stablemate out of the race at the last fence, yet after a lengthy stewards inquiry, was allowed to keep the race.

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There are only two meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Carlisle and Huntingdon.  David doesn't have any runners this afternoon, although stable jockeys Tom Scudamore and David Noonan both travel to Huntingdon where they have picked up an outside ride apiece.  They look to have fair chances too, so let's hope the journey is made worthwhile for them.  Meanwhile, across the Irish Sea there is a decent flat card at Naas where they have an abundance of runners, whilst there is some quality jumping action from Cork.

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It has been a filthy start to the day with strong winds and loads of rain.  We have only had 6mm of rain overnight which seems unbelievable given the amount of standing water around.  There is an excellent day’s racing ahead with five meetings taking place. The action on the flat comes from Newmarket and Chelmsford City, whilst there are jumps fixtures from Ascot, Ayr and Wetherby. There is a Group 3 and three Listed races at Newmarket but that looks small fry compared to the second day of the Breeders’ Cup meeting from Santa Anita where they have nine Grade 1 races! David has two runners at Ascot today with Nordic Combined and Collingwood Court (pictured above).

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newmarket and Newcastle as well as jumps fixtures from Wetherby and Uttoxeter.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today and it looks as though stable jockey Tom Scudamore has decided to take the day off, whilst David Noonan has picked up an outside ride at Uttoxeter.  It is certainly good to see him back in the saddle after a horrible unseat at Taunton on Wednesday.  The next runners from the stable will likely come at Ascot tomorrow with declarations made at 10am today.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Lingfield, Kempton and Chelmsford City whilst there is a jumps card from Stratford.  Following heavy rain Newton Abbot sadly had to make the decision to abandon their final National Hunt fixture of the season earlier in the week.  It is not really a big surprise, I live just down the road from the course and they have shut off Torquay seafront due to flooding.  It's a shame, but let's hope they have better luck next season.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Nottingham, Kempton and Wolverhampton as well as jumps fixtures from Taunton and Fakenham.  David has three runners at Taunton's first meeting of the new season today where the going is officially good (good/firm in places) and yes, I did get that right!  Ourmullion contests the 2m3f hands & heels handicap hurdle at 1.30pm.  The handicapper absolutely crucified him after his win at Newton Abbot in July and he is still paying for his consistency now with a mark of 104.  He will love the ground and should appreciate going right-handed but would need to improve on his most recent effort.  Ben Godfrey is in the saddle.

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