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It’s a good job we had recently undergone training with the defibrillator!  With the last gasp success of Warthog (pictured above) in the feature Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday and the eventful victory of Kepagge at Leicester the Wednesday before that, there were certainly a few heart-stopping moments!

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There were three reasons for celebration last week with the victories of Miss Tynte, First Lord de Cuet and Dusky Hercules.  Whilst every victory is savoured, the success of Dusky Hercules (pictured above) was especially sweet as it marked the first winner for the newly formed David Pipe Racing Club, but more of that later…

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Champers on Ice - Double Winner this Season

The good form of the yard continued last week with a long journey up north paying rich dividends courtesy of a Sedgefield double, whilst Champers On Ice rolled back the years with a valuable win on the opening day of Newbury’s Ladbroke Chase meeting.  Those successes plus Miss Tynte at Plumpton this afternoon took our seasonal tally to 40 which means that we are fast approaching our final total from last term with almost half of the campaign still to go.

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The victory of Paricolor (pictured above) at Fakenham last week took our seasonal tally to 36 and was important, not least as it was amateur rider Fergus Gillard’s first winner for the stable.  Under a cool ride from the talented young jockey, our three year old quickened smartly around his rivals on the home turn to come home nine lengths clear.  Although Fergus has ridden plenty of winners in point-to-points and three winners under rules for his dad, I am sure he will be relieved to get his first winner for the stable under his belt.  He is improving all of the time and I am sure you will be hearing plenty more of him over the coming years. 

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The recent weather has certainly spelt bad news for the racing industry with Stratford and Cheltenham having to call off fixtures last week.  Even Fairyhouse in Ireland had to abandon due to waterlogging and take it from me, that takes some doing!  Sadly, Cheltenham lost the first day of their prestigious November meeting on Friday and whilst two races were rescheduled between Saturday and Sunday’s cards there were some valuable races lost; races in which I had high hopes for our intended runners.  We wanted the rain, but not that much!

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There is a saying that ‘good things come to those who wait’ and that adage proved to be the case at Chepstow on Wednesday when Kepagge (pictured above) ran out a timely winner of the bumper for long-standing patron Sarah Ling.

Sarah, her brother and sister (John and Anne) and her parents before them have had horses at Pond House since the 1980’s and some of you may recall that the famous blue and white colours were carried to victory in many big races aboard the top class chaser Beau Ranger.  They have been marvellous people to be associated with; loyal and patient…a trainer really couldn’t ask for more.

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October certainly proved to be somewhat damp with 145mm of rain falling at Pond House last month alone.  Strangely, it produced an incredible variance in the going from racecourse to racecourse, with Newton Abbot having to abandon their final fixture of the season last Thursday due to waterlogging, whilst the ground at Taunton’s first meeting on Wednesday saw ground that was officially described as good (good/firm in places).

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