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Cheltenham Festival 2018

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What a great turnout for the racing at Chester yesterday with almost 30,000 people in attendance.  To put that into some sort of perspective, the first day of this year's Grand National meeting attracted a record crowd of 35,000 so this was a tremendous effort from Chester.  It just goes to show that if marketed correctly racing can be a terrific draw for the public.  Chester is a fantastic place to watch racing - they go around in circles and there is an excellent bar in the middle of the track where all of the footballers hang out with their wags and fake tans!  Mind you, you need to be a footballer to be able to afford the champagne on offer there.

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Today we have just two meetings, a flat card at Chester plus a jumps card at Market Rasen.  Tom Scu is riding at Market Rasen but it looks like it could be a hard day for Tom as not many of his rides are that well fancied.  The Chester card looks interesting.  The 2.35pm is a conditions stakes over 6 furlongs.  Richard Fahey runs Regulator who won a maiden race at Ayr last time and does not carry a penalty.  Talking of Richard Fahey, he sent out is 1000th runner of the season this week and also his 121st winner which averages out at 25 winners a month.  I know he has a lot of horses in training but that is still a very good total.

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This afternoon there are five meetings taking place with the action all coming on the flat from Goodwood, Hamilton, Lingfield, Doncaster and Newmarket.  The big race of the day is the Stewards' Cup at 3.35pm - it is a massive sprint handicap run over six furlongs and the traditional commentators nightmare, especially as I suspect with the going so testing they could split into several groups.  It looks like a bit of a lottery and the bookmakers go 7/1 the field.  If I had to pick one, it would probably be Polybius.  Although he has not won since 2015 his two recent runs in top handicaps show that his turn is not far away.  Oisin Murphy takes the ride and he should be a reasonable price.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Goodwood, Thirsk, Newmarket, Bath and Musselburgh while there is also a jumps meeting from Bangor.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a decent looking outside ride in the 4.20pm race - let's hope that he is lucky.  Meanwhile, the Goodwood card looks like an absolute cracker with the big race of the day the five furlongs King George Stakes at 3.35pm.  It could be a Profitable day...that is the name of the horse!  The four year old has been in great form and the forecast soft ground should help Profitable.

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This afternoon there are five meetings taking place with flat cards from Goodwood, Epsom, Nottingham and Ffos Las as well as a jumps card from Stratford.  The stable has no runners today although Tom Scudamore has picked up a couple of outside rides at Southwell.  Looking at the weather, it was not quite Glorious Goodwood yesterday, more like Ghastly Goodwood!  It was absolutely chucking it down and with 35mm of rain hitting the track the ground quickly turned soft and there was not one winning favourite on the card.  The first race was slower than standard by over 25 seconds - that tells you all you need to know.  At least they should be blessed with some better weather today.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Goodwood, Redcar, Sandown and Leicester while there is a jumps fixture from Perth.  I hope a few of you followed me yesterday as I was quite keen on Stradivarius for the Goodwood Cup and he duly won at odds of 6/1.  I was well pleased, especially as I had had a bit on early at 10's...lovely jubbly!  Meanwhile, the best of our runners at Worcester yesterday was Gabrial The Great who was beaten only 1/2 length in the handicap chase having been headed close home - this was a very good effort trying to concede 16lbs to the winner, the trouble is the handicapper is sure to have noticed.  Magie du Ma was fourth in the beginners' chase although she was arguably unlucky to not finish runner-up, a bad mistake at the last costing her momentum and she lost two places close home.

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     Gabrial the Great runs at Worcester

It is another busy day with five meetings in the UK, flat cards at Goodwood, Beverley and Yarmouth plus jumps cards at Perth and Worcester.  There is of course day two of the Galway Festival as well.  David has six runners at Worcester this evening, Magie Du Ma, Gabrial the Great, Purple N Gold, Kalifourchon, Lady of Longstone and Juste Pour Nous.  Magie Du Ma runs in the first race, the 5.50pm Beginners chase over 2m7f.  Our four year old filly has won two good hurdle races in France but has yet to show that form in this country.  She made an okay debut over fences at Market Rasen last time jumping well but ultimately she was beaten a long way.  She steps up in trip tonight which could be interesting but it is quite a competitive little race despite there only being five runners.

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