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Sat Jul 21
Cartmel, Market Rasen
Sun Jul 22
Newton Abbot, Stratford
Mon Jul 23
Cartmel

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Sandown, Doncaster, Chelmsford, Haydock and Beverley as well as a jumps fixture from our local track at Newton Abbot.  We have two runners at Newton Abbot; It's Obvious and Iniciar.  It's Obvious contests the 3m2f handicap chase at 4.30pm and he will have to improve on recent efforts to figure in the finish.  Even so, his third at Taunton on soft ground reads well in this context so it is not beyond the realms of possibility, although he has to prove he can handle this faster surface.  Our other runner is Iniciar who takes part in the charity flat race for stable staff over 1m4f at 5.30pm - he is talented but quirky (that could be Iniciar or Clare Wyatt who is in the saddle!) and a big run is expected.  She has been doing a great job of fund raising with over £1,500 already in donations for Racing Welfare which is a fantastic cause.  You can donate to Clare by visiting her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/clarewyattjockeydebut

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Haydock, Yarmouth, Epsom and Newbury as well as a jumps fixture from Perth.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore makes the long trip up to Perth for a couple of outside rides and they both look to have fair chances.  Let's hope that he can bag a winner to cover the cost of his fuel!

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Thirsk, Musselburgh, Kempton and Bath, while there is a card over the sticks at Worcester.  David runs three at Worcester; Kalifourchon, Irish Prince and Delface.  Kalifourchon contests the 2m7f handicap chase a 2.40pm - it is a competitive contest with 17 runners.  He is a four time winner over hurdles but is yet to hit the mark over fences and would need to improve on his most recent efforts to figure under David Noonan.  Irish Prince runs in the 2m7f handicap hurdle at 5.10pm - he has hinted at ability in a few of his starts to date and the application of blinkers and better ground could help to bring about some improvement.  Delface (pictured above) goes in the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at 5.40pm - he looks to be on a reasonable mark, although his wins have come on softish ground so that would be a slight concern.  Kieron Edgar is in the saddle.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Hamilton, Brighton and Chepstow as well as a jumps fixture from Stratford.  It looks like a quiet day for the yard with no runners from Pond House today and I can't see that the stable jockeys have even picked up any outside rides.  Meanwhile there are only a few days until Clare Wyatt contests the charity flat race at Newton Abbot on Friday on Iniciar.  Pictured above you can see the pair looking very pleased with themselves on the way back from the gallops.

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What a good performance from Celestial Path to win again at Uttoxeter yesterday afternoon under the welter burden of 12-5.  The application of blinkers and change of tactics certainly seem to have worked the oracle on our six year old gelding.  I know that Kiruna Peak fell at the last when looking dangerous but I think Celestial Path would have won anyway.  Do I sound like a winning punter talking?!  I see David has him entered again and it will be interesting to see if he tries to strike again while the iron is hot.  I will be keeping a close eye on Kiruna Peak over the coming weeks as he looks a surefire future winner.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Cartmel and Uttoxeter as well as a flat fixture from Windsor.  David has a runner today; Celestial Path who contests the 2m handicap hurdle at 1.30pm at Uttoxeter.  He has to carry a penalty for his convincing Worcester success, meaning that he has to shoulder 12-5, but even with that welter burden he is 'well-in' according to the assessor as he is due to go up a stone in future handicaps.  If he turns up in the same sort of form as last week he should take plenty of beating once again under Tom Scudamore.  Tom has also picked up several nice outside rides, so it could be a good day for him...let's just hope he has recovered from that five furlong sprint at York yesterday!

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You are out of luck if you are a fan of the jumps today.  There are no less than seven meetings taking place but they are all on the level with the action coming from Chester, Doncaster, Lingfield, Newcastle, Newmarket, Windsor and York.  The 2.05pm race at Newcastle looks to be a cracker - it is the Northumberland Plate, a 20 runner handicap over 2m½f.  It is a race Martin won a few times as well with the likes of Tamarpour and Far Cry.  Ascot Stakes winner Lagostovegas catches the eye under a 5lbs penalty and looks to be the one to beat.  With the race worth £150,000, it is well worth winning!  Meanwhile, I can only see Newmarket's good/firm ground getting quicker and quicker as the day goes on.  Trainers are obviously concerned as there are only 46 runners and I would be amazed if there weren't less before the end of the card.

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