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Mon May 01
Kempton, Warwick
Thu May 04
Sedgefield, Towcester
Fri May 05
Cheltenham, Fontwell

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Today there are six meetings, flat cards at Doncaster, Haydock, Leicester, Ripon and Wolverhampton plus a great jumps card at Sandown.  As well as being the final day of the National Hunt season, it is also the final day of the Punchestown Festival.  Tom Scu goes to Sandown to ride Vincent's Forever in the 1.50pm juvenile handicap hurdle over two miles.  He was third last time out at Taunton on good ground but he would need to improve on his hurdle form to win.  He was rated 82 on the flat for John Gosden so he has got ability.  Tom has to do 10st 3lb to ride Doing Fine in the 3.35pm and he looks to have a good chance.  Tom reached the magic 100 winner mark for the season last night at Chepstow on Billy My Boy for Chris Down.  It is a like cricket in that you don't want to get out on 99 so many congratulations to Tom.

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It is a busy day with five meetings to look forward to this afternoon. There is jumping action from Perth, Chepstow and Huntingdon supported by flat action from Sandown and Doncaster. David has one runner this afternoon as Warthog contests the 2m2f bumper from Punchestown at 7.45pm - the race that the stable won a couple of years ago with Champers On Ice.  Our five year old gelding, Warthog (pictured above) was a winner of an Irish point-to-point and was unlucky not to win on his rules debut at Chepstow.  Top amateur Patrick Mullins is in the saddle and I was a little disappointed to see him priced up at 5/2 as I was hoping he was going to be bigger than that.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Perth, Taunton and Market Rasen while there are flat cards from Beverley and Chelmsford City. Meanwhile, it is day three of the Punchestown Festival and the trainers' championship between messrs Elliott and Mullins is getting very close with Gordon ahead by £200,000.  I was watching the racing from Punchestown yesterday and I have to say that while I am a big fan of Ruby Walsh, I didn't think his ride aboard Penhill was up to his usual exceptional standards...maybe I am just talking through my pocket (again)?!

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Perth and Exeter, while there are flat cards from Epsom, Catterick and Lingfield and over in Ireland it is day two of the Punchestown Festival.  Tom Scudamore has picked up a couple of outside rides at Exeter today as he remains in search of his seasonal century.  He still needs three winners with four days remaining of the campaign...it is going to be close!

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jump cards from Ludlow and Hexham as well as flat cards from Yarmouth, Brighton and Wolverhampton.  Meanwhile there is the final big Spring Festival as the Punchestown meeting gets underway in Ireland.  Tom Scudamore heads to Ludlow for just one outside ride today and he is still on the 97 winner mark for the season.  His mount, Very Extravagant is napped by the Racing Post - with his most recent form figures reading 'PF' I am sure Tom will be hoping that his jumping is not very extravagant!

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Today we have five meetings taking place with flat cards from Kempton, Pontefract, Windsor and Lingfield as well as a jumps fixture from Warwick. David has two runners at Warwick this afternoon; Chic Theatre and Herbert Park. Chic Theatre contests the 2m3f handicap hurdle at 2.20pm - he was a winner at Market Rasen from a mark of 115 so today's mark of 119 does not look out of the question, while this slight drop in trip could also help. Meanwhile, Herbert Park runs in the 3m5f handicap chase and he has the ability to be involved and will appreciate the good ground. Tom Scudamore is aboard both of our runners.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Stratford, Wetherby and Wincanton. With the ground currently riding good/firm at Wincanton there are unsurprisingly some very small fields and if I were looking to go racing today I would be heading up to Stratford where at least they have some competitive racing to enjoy.  You would think that in this day and age somebody would have come up with a better watering system to keep the ground safe.  It wasn't so long ago that there was jump racing on the all-weather - perhaps the surface could be improved so that it was viable once again.  It would certainly help to improve field sizes, so long as it is safe.  Anyway, I digress - David does not have any runners today.

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