NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat Feb 24
Chepstow, Kempton, Newcastle
Sun Feb 25
Fontwell, Southwell
Mon Feb 26
Ayr, Plumpton

Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards at Chepstow, Kempton and Newcastle as well as all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  David has two runners today at Chepstow as Garran City and Poker Play compete at Chepstow.  Garran City makes his belated debut for the stable in the 2m3½f maiden hurdle at 1.55pm.  Our seven year old was a winner of an Irish point-to-point on his only start (a race which has worked out quite well) and he goes nicely at home.  He is entitled to come on for the run and we will know more about him after today.  Poker Play runs in the 2m7½f handicap hurdle at 3.40pm and he produced a solid effort when third last time.  If he can build on that effort he would have a chance from his light weight.  Tom Scudamore is aboard both of our runners this afternoon.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Warwick and Exeter as well as all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  It has been cold in this neck of the woods overnight with temperatures as low as -5ºc so unsurprisingly Exeter have called an early morning inspection.  With temperatures due to stay low all day they will be doing well to get the go ahead - fingers crossed for some good news!  The stable has two runners at Warwick this afternoon with Dell' Arca (pictured above) contesting the 2m4f handicap chase at 3.30pm and The Draconian who goes in the hands and heels handicap hurdle at 4.05pm.  Dell' Arca has his first start over fences for over two years, but he has some smart chasing form including when chasing home Coneygree and More Of That (form which looks quite handy now!) - he has been in good form over timber this season and it will be interesting to see how he fares under David Noonan.  Amateur jockey Rex Dingle takes the ride aboard The Draconian and he takes a handy 5lbs off his mount's back - hopefully the step-up in trip will help him improve.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Huntingdon and Sedgefield as well as all-weather flat fixtures from Southwell and Chelmsford City.  There are no runners from Pond House today although stable jockeys Tom Scudamore and David Noonan have picked up outside rides at Huntingdon, so we will be keeping our fingers crossed for those.  A little further ahead, I see that the bookies have started betting on the Irish National - I wonder why only four British trainers have made entries?  With £500,000 up for grabs you would think they would take a look.

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There are four meetings taking place today with jumps cards from Ludlow and Doncaster as well as all-weather flat fixtures from Newcastle and Kempton.  There are no runners from Pond House this afternoon although stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a couple of outside rides at Ludlow that are not without hope.  Of yesterday's runners at Taunton I thought that It's Obvious ran a solid race on his chasing debut, finishing third.  He looks sure to be winning races sooner rather than later although he doesn't seem to have anything in hand of the handicapper.  River Dun produced a better effort too, finishing 4th in the mares' handicap hurdle, not beaten at all far.  With Cheltenham just around the corner it is good to see the stable horses running well.

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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 Wolverhampton.  David has runners today at Taunton; Irish Prince, It's Obvious and River Dun.  Irish Prince contests the 2m novices' hurdle at 2.10pm - our five year old has had four starts to date and has hinted at ability, finishing fifth on his last three starts, although he would have to improve to figure here.  Meanwhile, It's Obvious makes his chasing debut in the 3.10pm race and this former Irish pointer has schooled nicely at home and could go well.  Our final runner is River Dun who runs in the 4.50pm race which is a handicap hurdle confined to mares.  She ran a cracker when second, beaten a neck on her Pond House debut but has not built on that since - a reproduction of her earlier effort would see her go close under Michael Heard.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Carlisle and Lingfield as well as an all-weather flat card from Kempton.  David runs Max do Brazil and Saint John Henry at Lingfield.  Max contests the 2m7f handicap hurdle at 2.15pm having put up a much better performance last time at Uttoxeter.  He had some good form in France on soft ground and this step-up in trip looks likely to suit and if he can build on his latest run, he should go well under Tom Scudamore.  Saint John Henry runs in the 3m5f handicap chase at 3.50pm.  He put up a good performance when winning at Chepstow first time out but needs to improve on his last couple of efforts.

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There are just two jumps cards taking place this afternoon with the action coming from Ffos Las and Market Rasen.  There are no runners from Pond House today although stable jockey Tom Scudamore travels all the way to Market Rasen for just one ride for his brother.  It does not look to be without a chance so hopefully Tom will be able to make the long journey worthwhile.

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