NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat Apr 21
Ayr, Bangor
Sun Apr 22
Stratford, Wincanton
Mon Apr 23
Hexham, Newton Abbot, Sedgefield

Entries & Recent Form

There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newbury, Nottingham, Thirsk and Wolverhampton as well as a couple of jumps fixtures from Ayr and Bangor On Dee.  David has runners at Ayr and Bangor today with Vaniteux and Moon Racer competing at Ayr and Warthog at Bangor.  Vaniteux runs in the 1.45pm race a 2m½f Listed handicap chase that he won last year from a 6lbs higher mark - he gets his ground for the first time this season and a big run looks to be on the cards under Tom Scudamore.  Moon Racer runs in the 2m5½f handicap hurdle at 4.40pm, his first try at distances beyond the minimum.  He didn't run badly at the Cheltenham Festival last time and he looks well worth a go at this sort of distance.  I see that Sam Twiston-Davies is tipping him up in his column in the Post - he obviously remembers seeing the back of him a few times aboard Ballyandy, form that would see him in with a great chance here.

Read more...

There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newbury and Bath and jumps fixtures from Ayr, Fontwell and Southwell.  The stable will have runners during the course of the weekend at Ayr and kick off today with Miss Tynte who contests the 3m½f mares' handicap hurdle at 4.45pm.  She carries a 6lbs penalty for an easy last time out success at Ludlow and is 6lbs 'well in' here as she is due to go up in future handicaps.  The ground will be a good bit quicker here, but if she is in the same sort of form as last time she will take plenty of beating.  Tom Scudamore takes over in the saddle.

Read more...

There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newmarket, Ripon and Newcastle, supported by a jumps fixture from Cheltenham.  David has one runner today as Mechelen contests the 2m1f mares' bumper at 5.35pm.  It looks like a decent contest with a 'bumper' field of 20 runners, so it is very competitive.  Mechelen produced a sound debut effort when runner-up at Taunton on heavy ground on her only start to date.  There are plenty in there with good form so she looks to have place claims at odds of around 20/1.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.  Tom also has an outside ride on the favourite earlier on the card, although at 6/1 I'm not sure I would want to be piling on...sorry Tom!

Read more...

There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newmarket, Kempton and Beverley as well as a jumps card from Cheltenham.  David has three runners at Cheltenham this afternoon; Ramses de Teillee, Taj Badalandabad and Dell' Arca.  Ramses de Teillee (pictured above) contests the 2m5f handicap chase at 2.40pm - he has been in good form this season, showing himself to be a useful novice.  Course and distance should suit and he looks to have sound claims in this competitive contest.  Taj Badalandabad excelled himself when finishing fourth in the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival and he should run well again in this wide open handicap hurdle at 4.25pm.  Dell' Arca runs in the 3m2f handicap chase at 5.00pm and he has a small each-way chance.  He was in good form over timber earlier in the season, although would have to improve on his most recent efforts to figure.  Tom Scudamore rides all three of our runners.

Read more...

There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with a good flat card from Newmarket as well as jumps fixtures from Carlisle and Exeter.  David has one runner this afternoon as Skinflint contests the 2m7½f handicap hurdle at Exeter at 2.35pm.  Our former Irish point-to-point runner-up should be suited by this longer trip and showed promise at Newbury three starts back, although he would need to improve on what he has shown most recently.  Tom Scudamore takes the ride in this wide open contest.

Read more...

What a good weekend for the yard with a winner on Grand National day.  Unfortunately it wasn't the big one, but the success of Mr Big Shot in the opening Grade 3 handicap hurdle was a fantastic effort.  He may be seven years old, but this was only his fifth ever racecourse appearance as he gave Now McGinty 3lbs and a ½ length beating, the pair of them 10 lengths clear of the remainder.  He was still showing distinct signs of inexperience, but this massive horse clearly has the potential to match - he looks every inch a chaser and will be a really exciting prospect over the larger fences.  I thought it was a very good performance indeed.

Read more...

There are three race meetings today.  Jumps cards at Ffos Las, Newcastle and Plumpton.  David's only runner of the day is Garran City in the 4.20pm at Ffos Las.  He has run well the last twice in novice hurdles and tackles handicap company over three miles for the first time.  The ground will be very testing but he should handle this okay and have a good chance with Tom Scu on board.  Tom also rides for his brother at the meeting.  In the 5.20pm race he rides Smiths Cross and that looks to have a good chance.

Read more...