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 three meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Catterick and Southwell as well as a jumps fixture from Chepstow.  There are no runners from Pond House today although stable jockeys Tom Scudamore and David Noonan have both picked up spare rides at Chepstow.  I can see the ground there being bottomless so if you are thinking of having a wager, make sure that your selection acts on heavy going.

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The stable horses continue in good form following the success of Ramses de Teillee (pictured above) at Cheltenham on Saturday.  On his return to hurdling he made all the win by a comfortable 4½ lengths, easily outstaying his rivals on testing ground.  He can win more races over hurdles, especially when the mud is flying, although this will serve as an excellent prep run for bigger targets over fences.  Also on the card, Grumpy Charley was far from disgraced when sixth in the bumper - he was still right there a furlong out and can only improve for the experience and will be winning races.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Aintree and Wincanton.  David has three runners at Wincanton today; Airton, Paricolor and Huccaby.  Airton (pictured above) runs in the 2m5½f handicap hurdle at 1.00pm.  He has some decent winning form but has been a bit disappointing of late.  He will like the forecast good ground (Wincanton must have missed all of the rain we have been experiencing!) and could surprise a few people if recapturing his best.

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Unfortunately Doncaster have had to abandon their Futurity card this afternoon, whilst Newbury have been forced to do the same, leaving us with just three meetings.  They come from Chelmsford on the flat, whilst there is jump action from Cheltenham and Kelso.  David has two runners at Cheltenham today; Ramses de Teillee (pictured above) and Grumpy Charley.  Ramses de Teillee reverts to hurdles (where he is still a novice) for the 3m novices' hurdle at 4.30pm.  Our seven year old had some decent form over hurdles three seasons ago but is better known as a high class chaser having finished runner-up in the Welsh National last season.  All of his wins have come on heavy ground so he won't mind any further rain.  I am sure he will be chasing at some point this season, but this sort of event offers a decent opportunity for him.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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Both of our runners performed creditably yesterday afternoon with Midnight Magic finishing a narrow runner-up in the staying handicap chase at Ludlow, trying to concede 5lbs to the winner.  He should continue to run well in similar contests, perhaps on a slightly stiffer track.  Fort Summer finished third in the bumper at Southwell but the race was something of a farce with a very slow early gallop followed by a sprint to the line.  As a former Irish pointer that is unlikely to have played to his strengths and he will be seen to better effect when tackling obstacles and a longer trip.  It is good to see the horses continuing in good form.

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There was a nice winner for the yard at Worcester yesterday afternoon as Know The Score (pictured above) ran out a very game winner of the 2m7f novices' handicap chase on his first start over fences.  He jumped extremely well and battled on under a good ride from David Noonan to win by ½ length with a long way back to the third home.  There looked to be plenty of promising types in the line-up so this should throw up plenty of winners going forward and our charge looks to be a lovely staying chaser in the making.  Israel Champ finished sixth in the bumper on the same card having cut out much of the running.  This also had the look of a useful race and our fellow, an Irish point-to-point winner already looks to be crying out for a trip and a set of obstacles.  Over at Fontwell, Eden du Houx bumped into one in the maiden hurdle behind I K Brunel.  They came miles clear of the third and he is sure to get off the mark over hurdles sooner rather than later.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Newmarket, Kempton and Wolverhampton, whilst there are jumps cards from Worcester and Fontwell. It is an exciting day for the stable with three runners across both the jumps fixtures; Know The Score and Israel Champ at Worcester and Eden du Houx (pictured above) at Fontwell.

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