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Sun May 27
Fontwell, Kelso, Uttoxeter
Mon May 28
Cartmel, Huntingdon
Wed May 30
Cartmel, Warwick

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon and peculiarly they are all over the sticks with the action coming from Ludlow, Plumpton and Southwell.  David has one runner this afternoon as Timeforben (pictured above) contests the 2m7f mares' novices' handicap hurdle at Southwell at 3.30pm.  She won nicely at Kempton last month and a rise of 4lbs for that does not look unreasonable.  She looks to hold sound claims under Tom Scudamore.  I see that David Noonan is also at the meeting having picked up a couple of outside rides.  Let's hope that he can get a lift to the track with Tom to curb travelling expenses - we are not all Rory McIlroy's!

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There is a really busy day of racing in store with no less than seven meetings taking place - you would almost think it was a Bank Holiday!  There are flat cards from Ascot, Lingfield, Nottingham and Thirsk, while there is a mixed card at Haydock and jumping action from Hexham and Warwick.  There are no runners from Pond House this afternoon, although stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a couple of outside rides at Haydock and while they are big prices, they can be given chances on bits and pieces of form.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Chester, Lingfield, Ascot, Nottingham and Ripon, while the jumping action comes from Market Rasen.  The best of the stable's runners yesterday was Great Tempo who produced a solid effort when finishing third on his chasing debut at Worcester.  I am not sure that he truly saw the trip out but it was a promising first effort over the larger obstacles nonetheless, conceding lumps of weight away to the first two.  On this evidence he should be picking up races over fences before too long.  There are no runners from Pond House today.  The big race of the day is the Chester Cup - it is a red hot handicap over 2m2½f.  Believe it or not, it is still very important to get a low draw in a race like this even over the marathon trip.

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It is a busy day ahead with five meetings taking place this afternoon.  The action comes form Wincanton, Worcester and Huntingdon over the sticks, while there are a couple of flat fixtures from Chester and Chelmsford City.  David has three runners at Worcester today; Great Tempo, Red Square Revival and Purple 'N Gold, while Lady Of Longstone runs at Wincanton.  Great Tempo contests the 2m4f novices' handicap chase at 2.10pm.  Our five year old has schooled well at home and is ready for his first start over the larger obstacles.  He has to carry top weight of 11-12, but there is no doubting his latent ability, although he had become a touch frustrating over timber.  Hopefully the switch to fences will bring some improvement.  It certainly worked for Red Square Revival (pictured above) who runs in the 2m4f handicap chase at 2.40pm.  He ran six times over fences last season, winning twice and finishing in the frame on a further three occasions.  He is higher in the weights as a consequence but should still go well under Tom Scudamore.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Chester and Wolverhampton and jumps fixtures from Kelso, Fontwell and Newton Abbot.  There are still plenty of holiday makers around in Devon following the Bank Holiday weekend so I would imagine that there will be a decent crowd for the meeting at Newton Abbot this afternoon, especially if the weather remains fair.  David has one runner there today as Dell' Arca (pictured above) runs in the 3m2f handicap chase at 4.55pm.  He proved his stamina for this trip last time at Exeter and this good ground should be right up his street.  He has to defy top weight but looks to have decent claims in a trappy little race.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Exeter, Ludlow and Fakenham and flat fixtures from Thirsk and Brighton.  David has four runners at Exeter this evening; Mrs Miggins, Just Midas, Orchard Thieves and Friday Night Light.  Mrs Miggins runs in the mares' maiden hurdle at 5.50pm.  She finished third in a heavy ground bumper at the course and this better ground and hurdles should see her in a better light.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.  Just Midas and Orchard Thieves both run in the National Hunt novices' hurdle at 6.20pm - Just Midas showed ability when a close fourth in a bumper at the track, while Orchard Thieves ran a good second in an Irish point-to-point in 2016 although he is entitled to improve.  Friday Night Light (pictured above) is our final runner in the 2m7f handicap hurdle and he had some good form last season over shorter trips and shapes as though he is worth a try over this distance.  He has to carry 11-10 but is not without a chance.

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It is a Bank Holiday Monday bonanza with six meetings taking place this afternoon.  The action comes on the flat from Windsor, Beverley and Bath, while there are jumps fixtures from Kempton, Warwick and Ayr.  David has one runner at Kempton today as Vaniteux runs in the 2m2f handicap chase at 4.40pm.  Despite top weight of 11-12 he has dropped to a handy mark and this is the easiest race that he has contested in some time.  He gets his ground again today but would need to improve on his most recent couple of efforts.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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