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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.

Popular veteran Dell' Arca contests the 3m handicap chase at 3.10pm.  He ran a perfectly respectable fifth behind stable companion Vieux Lion Rouge at Chepstow last time and is 3lbs lower this afternoon.  He has a few lengths to make up with Perfect Candidate on that running but would have each way claims if reproducing his best effort under Tom Scudamore.

Queen Adelaide runs in the 2m2½f handicap hurdle at 3.40pm.  She was unlucky on her first start for the stable at Taunton in March when pulled up after being all but brought down by a stricken horse.  She has had time off since and will handle the soft ground.  She is still unexposed over hurdles and could outrun her odds.

Airton and Buster Edwards contest the 4.15pm race - a 2m7f handicap hurdle.  Airton has fallen to a reasonable looking mark and produced his best effort in a while when not beaten very far at Wincanton nine days ago.  He was quick enough to win over two miles at Taunton despite being a thorough stayer on the flat.  He makes his first start over this sort of trip today and would have decent claims if he gets it.  He is the mount of Tom Scudamore.  Buster Edwards is most definitely proven over this sort of trip and whilst he is 6lbs above his last winning mark, he was competitive from it at Fontwell on his penultimate start.  He is unproven on soft ground but has had a wind operation since his last run and could go well at decent odds under David Noonan.

There was an exciting finish to the Melbourne Cup this morning at Flemington with Vow And Declare holding on in a blanket finish for the host nation.  He narrowly defeated a host of European raiders with Frankie Dettori finishing runner-up aboard the Joseph O'Brien trained Master Of Reality, Prince Of Arran third for Charlie Fellowes and Aidan O'Brien's Il Paradiso in fourth.  With only a head and two noses between the first four it was a real thriller, although there was a sting in the tail for Frankie as he was demoted from second to fourth after he was deemed to have caused significant interference in the closing stages.  He was also banned from race riding for nine days.

I see that there are a couple of notable birthdays today - that of Lester Piggott who is 84 and Cath Walwyn who is 91.  Cath, pictured with MCP in the winners' enclosure at Cheltenham was wife to legendary trainer Fulke Walwyn, whilst we all know about Lester.  The photograph shows him with jumps legend John Francome before their charity match 'The Duel of Champions' from May 1985.  Lester won the match aboard The Liquidator for Martin.

  

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There is some good footballing action to look forward to tonight with Liverpool and Chelsea in European action.  Liverpool take on Genk and should prove too good for Belgian side Genk, although at odds of 1/10 they do not appeal as a betting proposition.  Chelsea however, have been in excellent form since a shaky start to the season and they could prove a sport as they are 20/21 to beat Ajax at home.  The match is on BT Sport at 8pm and I am sure David will be keen for a home win!

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