NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

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

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           Iniciar runs at Towcester

Today we have three meetings, flat cards at Newmarket and Hamilton plus a jumps card at Towcester.  The big race of the day is the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and Ryan Moore is back from the Kentucky Derby to ride Happily for the O'Brien team.  It looks a great race with plenty of winners in the race as you would expect.  Happily is the favourite at 11/4.  David has two runners at Towcester today, Midnight Magic and Iniciar.  Midnight Magic runs in the 1.35pm, a 3 mile handicap hurdle with David Noonan on board.  He has run okay in some races and if he puts he best foot forward he has each way claims.  He returns from a little break and will appreciate the better ground.  Iniciar carries top weight in the 2.40pm 2m3f handicap hurdle.  He ran on the flat most recently and is very talented but a bit quirky.  Daryl Jacob rides and it is quite a competitive race as there is good prize money on offer.

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Today sees the return on the jumps meetings for start of the new season with racing at Uttoxeter this afternoon and Hexham this evening.  There are also flat cards at Newmarket, Goodwood, Wetherby and Doncaster.  The jumps boys holiday is over!  Tom Scu has 4 rides at Uttoxeter, mind you I can't see a winner amongst them!  David does not have any runners today but we do have two at Towcester tomorrow.  It looks a good card at Newmarket with the 2000 Guineas looking an outstanding race.  Aidan O'Brien has the first two in the betting and it looks like the unbeaten Saxon Warrior could be the one.  Ryan Moore is across the pond riding the favourite in the Kentucky Derby, Mendelssohn.  The winner of this race gets £918,512.52.  The odd 52 pence could come in handy!

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        Shotavodka runs this evening

There are five meetings today.  Four flat cards at Lingfield, Chepstow, Musselburgh and Newcastle plus a hunter chase card at Cheltenham.  Just look how many runners the hunter chase card at Cheltenham has attracted which is good to see but there seems to be too many professional trainers at Cheltenham.  As I have said many times before, I don't think professional trainers should be allowed runners in these races.  Looking at the card I think I would back Mr Alex Edwards on whatever he is riding.  I know he is leading jockey in the point to point field and he looks to have some good chances tonight.  One of our old Pond House favourites also runs there tonight, Shotvodka.  He was a good second at Southwell last time and fingers crossed he will run well this evening.

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Today we have five flat cards at Redcar, Lingfield, Southwell, Chelmsford and Musselburgh.  Yesterday I was talking about people having expensive wees and there was an even more expensive one at Ascot yesterday.  Fighting Irish finished fourth at Ascot and would have picked up £4,288 in prize money but jockey Stevie Donohoe weighed in two pounds light after going for a wee after weighing out for the race.  It must have been a big wee!

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With jumps racing midway through it's mini break, today there are five flat meetings at Ascot, Pontefract, Wolverhampton, Brighton and Bath.  Bath is an evening meeting with all sprint races of 5 and 5 1/2F.  I love John Gosden's comments racing yesterday, "the jockey's my driver today, he has one speed, flat out!  I've alerted the local police"!  He was talking about Frankie Dettori.  I know all about jockeys driving fast.  I once got a lift with Haddon Frost.  He drove at 100mph with a pork pie in one hand and a coffee in the other with the steering wheel between his knees! My fellow Irish passenger wanted to get out and get a train home and I am not kidding!

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Today we have five flat cards at Nottingham, Yarmouth, Brighton, Kempton and Newcastle.  You must always follow trainers who are in good form and and that certainly applies to Mick Channon's stable who have had four winners in the last two days.  It always seems funny to me that when a yard is in form that even the bad horses seem to run well.  I will certainly be keeping an eye on all his runners this week.  I see Paul Nicholls' first two year old runner finished last at Salisbury yesterday.  It is not quite the same as training a three mile chaser.  Having said that it was quite keen and ran green and will certainly improve.

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         Gemma & Jo meet Tiger Roll

With jumps racing taking a few days break it is on with the flat today.  There are five flat cards today although Salisbury does have to pas an 8am inspection.  The other meetings are at Wolverhampton, Thirsk, Windsor and Southwell.  If Salisbury does go ahead they have a two year old race with 8 runners and I would think the heavy ground will be a shock to these horses!  I think there will be a few non runners should the meeting be on.  Cracksman won the Group 1 at Longchamp yesterday in fantastic style.  He made the rest of the field look very ordinary and Frankie Dettori really played up to the crowd.  It was a good performance all round.

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