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Sun Feb 26
Fontwell, Southwell
Mon Feb 27
Ayr, Plumpton
Tue Feb 28
Catterick, Leicester

Cheltenham Festival 2017

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Kempton, Chepstow and Newcastle supported by all-weather flat meetings from Wolverhampton and Lingfield.  We have just one runner today as Gevrey Chambertin (pictured above) takes his chance in the Eider Chase at Newcastle at 2.45pm.  It is a 4m 1/2f handicap chase with 18 runners - he has to shoulder top weight of 11-12 but he has earned that weight as he is capable of some very smart form at his best.  He ran a good race last time when runner-up at Kempton and if he can build on that, he could easily outrun his odds.  David won the race in 2008 with subsequent Grand National winner Comply Or Die...let's hope that he can add to that tally today!

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It was good to see Mr Clarkson back in the winners' enclosure at Sedgefield yesterday following his unfortunate experience at Exeter last time when the bit went through his mouth and he had to be pulled up.  I thought that David Noonan gave him well-judged ride from the front, setting sensible fractions in the testing conditions.  A winner of his three completed starts since joining the Pond House team, Mr Clarkson is now a 33/1 chance for the Albert Bartlett at the Festival - that may be tilting at windmills but he has given his owners, Pipe's Prospectors some amazing moments already.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Huntingdon and Sedgefield supported by all-weather flat cards from Chelmsford and Wolverhampton.  David has one runner today as Mr Clarkson takes in the 3.20pm race at Sedgefield.  It is a 2m1f conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle and his last start at Exeter is safely ignored as the bit slipped through his mouth - his previous two successes read well and a repeat of those efforts will see him go very close.  David Noonan is in the saddle and takes 3lbs off his back.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jump cards from Ludlow and Doncaster and a couple of all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Kempton.  David does not have any runners this afternoon but stable jockey Tom Scudamore heads to Ludlow for a couple of outside rides.  Citrus ran a lot better than his finishing position of fifth would suggest - he was second coming over the last hurdle but did not look to get home over the 2m3 1/2f trip.  The blinkers certainly seemed to wake him up a bit as he travelled as well as the winner for much of the race and he can find another race, perhaps over a shorter trip.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Taunton and Wetherby as well as an all-weather flat card from Southwell.  Tom Scudamore travels to Wetherby for the mount aboard Citrus (pictured above) in the handicap hurdle at 4.00pm.  It is a very competitive nineteen runner race with plenty of possible winners - he has dropped 3lbs since his last run but he would need to return to the level of his Plumpton success.

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What a fantastic performance from Vieux Lion Rouge at the weekend to land the Grand National Trial at Haydock, beating favourite Blaklion by 3 1/2 lengths (sorry Gino!).  He battled on really tenaciously and is now favourite with some firms for the big race at Aintree in April.  He finished seventh in the National last season and has subsequently won over the fences in the Becher Chase.  He looks much more like the finished article and I am really looking forward to the Grand National now!

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         John Parrott at Pond House

There are just two meetings today, both jumps cards at Ffos Las and Market Rasen.  Tom Scu has a couple of rides at Ffos Las and the best looks to be Grace Tara for his brother Michael in the 3.20pm.  There is good prize m oney on offer in Ireland at Navan today.  The lowest prize money on offer is for the bumper but that has £10,500!  Barry Geraghty has some good looking rides for Gordon Elliott.

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