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I have some good news everyone...the jumps are back!  After a four day break, there are NH cards from Perth and Stratford.  Strangely, there are no flat fixtures today, so why one of these meetings couldn't take place yesterday (and one of yesterday's six flat cards today) is beyond me.  Anyway, that is for more intelligent people than me to figure out.  David has one runner today at Stratford as Dindin contests the closing 2m1f handicap chase at 5.31pm.  He was a multiple winner in France, but is yet to replicate that form on these shores, although he produced his best performance so far at Uttoxeter last time, when beaten less than two lengths.  He may prefer a bit further but a repeat of that latest effort would still give him every chance here.  Philip Armson rides.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon and not a jumps card in sight, but if you are a fan of NH racing, don't worry, it's back tomorrow.  Until then, there are fixtures from Newmarket, York, Ascot, Chester, Salisbury and Hamilton.  David has one runner today as Lady Reset (pictured above) contests the 1m4f handicap at Salisbury at 8.15pm.  A tremendously game and genuine mare, she has only once finished out of the frame on the level in the last 14 months.  She is on a career high mark after a couple of narrow defeats but looks to have a good chance with Harry Burns taking 5lbs off her back.  Sure to go well again.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Newmarket, York, Ascot, Chester and Chepstow.  Today is the second day of Newmarket's July Cup meeting and there was big news on day one with John Gosden and Frankie Dettori reuniting for success in the 1m Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes with Mighty Ulysees.  It was a fine ride from Dettori to keep enough up his sleeve after his mount was plenty keen enough in the early stages.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Doncaster, Newmarket, Carlisle, Newbury and Epsom.  By far and away the pick of the action comes today at Newmarket where their card features a couple of Group 2 contests, a Group 3 and a Listed race, as well as a couple of almost impossible to solve handicaps.  The Derby form is looking very good and it gets tested again this afternoon as Masekela, who outran his odds when fourth at Epsom contests the Bahrain Trophy at 1.50pm.  The horses to have finished either side of him in the Derby have gone on to win the Irish equivalent and a race at Royal Ascot, so he looks sure to go close...he won't be 66/1 today however!

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The stable was out of luck at Uttoxeter yesterday evening with Dindin faring best of our three runners when a close third in the 2m handicap chase.  The low sun certainly proved problematic with all of the fences omitted in the straight, making it something of a slalom course.  Kalma was unlucky in the mares' handicap hurdle, being carried off the track by the mistake of one of her rivals when still in with a chance at the last flight, taking her through the rails.  The best news is that she is fine.  Via Dolorosa was below-par on his switch back to hurdles.

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The bright start to the season continued yesterday with a double at Worcester taking the stable's tally to 20.  d'Jango and Oceanline both won, whilst American Sniper also ran well to finish runner-up in the bumper.  d'Jango clearly likes Worcester - a winner there over timber over the same trip last time, he was a convincing winner of the 2m7f handicap chase yesterday, despite a somewhat unorthodox leap at the penultimate fence.  The winner of the French Grand National in his younger days, he is clearly thriving at present and looks capable of winning again under either code.  Oceanline (pictured above) was a ready winner of the 2m4f novices' hurdle on his first start for the yard, coming away nicely in the closing stages with a decent gap back to the third.  He looks a nice dual-purpose prospect for his owners, who all deserve some good fortune.

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The stable enjoyed another winner yesterday afternoon when Al Roc (pictured above) was an exhilarating winner of the 2m5f handicap chase at Market Rasen.  Making all the running at a good pace, he soon had the rest of the field in trouble as he jumped beautifully from fence to fence, bounding clear under Philip Armson.  He stuck to his guns in the home straight when the pack started to close and more good leaps put the matter beyond doubt with our revitalised eleven year old scoring by 7 lengths.

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