Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Plumpton and Fakenham as well as an all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  David has two runners this afternoon at Plumpton; Shaama Grise and Tigger Two.  Shaama Grise (pictured above) makes her debut over fences today in the 2m1f novices' chase at 1.10pm.  She produced some excellent efforts last term including when last seen when runner-up at Sandown.  She gets a handy weight allowance and I don't think she will be inconvenienced by the trip so a big run is expected under Tom Scudamore.  Tigger Two makes his second start in the bumper at 3.40pm - he shaped with promise at Chepstow and while he needs to improve, the experience will have done him the world of good.

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There are two meetings taking place this afternoon, both over the jumps with cards from Carlisle and Leicester.  Thankfully Carlisle passed an early morning inspection at the track yesterday but the ground is going to be extremely testing.  They have been experiencing freezing temperatures at the track, but when it does thaw the going has been described as soft, heavy in places.  It has been cold around Pond House as well, but with the woodchip gallop and the Wexford sand gallop we have had no issues whatsoever - it makes you wonder what trainers did years ago before the had access to these sort of facilities?

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newbury, Newcastle, Doncaster and Bangor and an all-weather flat card from a very cold Wolverhampton.  The big race of the day is undoubtedly the Ladbroke Trophy handicap chase from Newbury which has a first prize of £142,375.  It is good of Ladbrokes to step in to sponsor the race as they have big shoes to fill - I am sure people will still be referring to the race as the Hennessy years from now.  It is a very tricky contest to try to solve with the bookies going 5/1 the field.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore heads north to Newcastle where he has picked up a few outside rides, including in their feature, the Fighting Fifth.

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It is another chilly start to the day at Pond House.  There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newbury and Doncaster as well as all-weather flat cards from Southwell and Chelmsford City.  David does not have any runners today.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore heads to Newbury for just one ride, but what a ride it is...the return of Thistlecrack in the Grade 2 Long Distance hurdle at 3.00pm.  It looks like a thriller with Unowhatimeanharry in opposition, even though that one is not favoured by the weights.  The remainder of the card looks pretty exciting too, but if you are going make sure you wrap up - it is going to be cold!

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Taunton, Towcester and Musselburgh and an all-weather flat meeting from Newcastle.  David runs Timeforben at Towcester in the 1m7½f maiden hurdle at 2.40pm.  Our five year old won an Irish point-to-point and she finished a creditable third at Exeter on her hurdling debut last time.  This stiff track should suit her and she has place claims under Tom Scudamore.  Closer to home, at Taunton we have Tis What It Is (pictured above) in the 2m novices' hurdle at 12.20pm.  He showed decent form but would need to improve on his most recent outing at the track to figure here.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Hereford and Wetherby as well as flat action from Wolverhampton and Kempton.  David has three runners at Hereford; Bear Spirit, Lady Of Longstone and Irish Prince.  Bear Spirit contests the 3m1½f maiden hurdle at 1.35pm -  our four year old is having his first ever run and faces more experienced rivals.  He has schooled well at home and we will know more about him after this run.  Lady Of Longstone (pictured above) takes in the 2m3½f handicap hurdle at 3.15pm and she is well handicapped on the pick of her form, she will like the ground and is partnered by regular rider Michael Heard who claims a handy 5lbs.  Irish Prince makes his second start in the closing bumper at 3.45pm.  He ran respectably in what was probably quite a deep bumper at Newbury and he is entitled to have come on for it and a big run is expected.  Tom Scu is in the saddle.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Lingfield and Sedgefield while there is an all-weather flat card from Southwell.  David has one runner today as Saint John Henry contests the 3.00pm race from Lingfield; a 2m7½f handicap chase.  He won over 3m2f at Chepstow in good style on his chase debut and he should enjoy the testing ground.  He runs from a mark of 128 which is 6lbs higher than his run at Chepstow and if he replicates that effort he could go close under Tom Scu.

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