Cheltenham Festival 2020

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The horses continue to run with great credit and whilst we didn’t get into the winners’ enclosure last week, five of our nine runners over the sticks reached the frame. We have had a better start to this week however, with Teaser already successful for the team at Ludlow. With fewer meetings planned for the week ahead and a dry weather forecast for the next few days at the very least it is likely to be relatively quiet week in terms of runners. However, with the Doncaster Sales taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there is plenty to keep the team occupied.

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Last week was certainly one to remember for the Pond House team with winners coming left, right and centre (back-to-back doubles book-ended by victories at Exeter and Market Rasen). With 6 winners from just 14 runners and some places to boot, I couldn’t be more pleased with our start to the new campaign. In truth, the horses have been running well for some considerable time now although we have been flying under the radar somewhat. The resetting of the tally’s with the start of the new season just serves to bring it more to people’s attention.

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It is hard to believe that the 2019/2020 jumps season is already upon us, but as has been the case for many years now, one season follows hot on the heels of the other. With a couple of runners today and tomorrow and plenty of entries for the remainder of the week it looks like being a busy start to the campaign. Indeed, I am off to Kempton this afternoon where we run Malangen.

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The weekend saw the closing of the 2018/19 season with a fantastic meeting from Sandown. Looking back, on the whole I am pleased with how things panned out for the Pond House team last term. Despite fewer horses we produced significantly more winners than the previous campaign, whilst increasing prize money by almost £100,000 and improving our percentage strike rate. It is now a case of starting again and bettering those totals this coming season. There is lots of work to do at the sales and around the yard this summer as we endeavour to do just that. I would like to thank my team of hard working staff for their continued efforts and my loyal owners for their trust and support.

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         Malangen - 3 Wins in a Row

In my children’s school they give a star of the week award to a child in the class who has done well during the week.  The star of the week at Pond House this week has to be Malangen who was as once again star on the race track and won for the second consecutive Saturday.  He put up a really determined performance to bring up his hat-trick of wins.  He looked in a little bit of trouble leaving the back straight but he may have found the trip on the sharp side round this track and all he did was keep responding to Tom Scudamore’s urgings and won a shade cosily in the end.  The handicapper is sure to have his say tomorrow but our four year old is in good heart at the moment and hopefully there is more to come.  He prefers the quicker ground and will be kept on the go this summer.  He has the option of going back on the flat at some point while we will also consider sending him chasing in July as he really loves his jumping and four year olds get a nice allowance at this time of year.

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With less than two weeks of the current campaign remaining I was pleased to add a couple more winners to our seasonal tally. The successes of Legal History and Malangen last week took our total to forty and with a few meetings this week and plenty of fixtures next week, there are still plenty of opportunities to add to that score. Of course, the entire team remains hungry for far more success, but on the back last season, this term has been all about rebuilding; improving on our total winners, prize money and percentage strike rate…something that we have already comprehensively achieved.

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It is a shame that we couldn’t add to our tally in this year’s Grand National, but as always in the great event you need a little luck in running and that was not with us on this occasion. However, I am pleased to report that all of our team from Aintree including Grand National runners Ramses de Teillee and Vieux Lion Rouge have returned home safe and sound and that is by far and away the most important thing.

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