NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Mon May 01
Kempton, Warwick
Thu May 04
Sedgefield, Towcester
Fri May 05
Cheltenham, Fontwell

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Vieux Lion Rouge - Grand National Contender

Today we have five meetings, jumps cards at Aintree, Chepstow and Newcastle plus flat cards at Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  David has four runners in the Grand National, Vieux Lion Rouge, Ballyngaour, La Vaticane and Doctor Harper.  They go 11/1 the field with Vieux Lion Rouge at 12/1 and he has always been amongst the favourites.  He has won over the fences in the Becher Chase and it was a great win in the Grand National Trial at Haydock beating Blaklion last time.  I better not say too much about Blaklion as one of his owners, Gino is looking over my shoulder as I am writing this!  I think that if Doctor Harper is in a good mood and with a bit of luck in running I thought he might have a little chance at a big price of 50/1.  David Noonan rides Ballynagour and this will be his first ride in the National so good luck to him!  He had a nice sighter of the fences getting round in the Topham yesterday aboard Father Edward who ran well.  La Vaticane is 100/1 and Ritchie McLernon rides.  She has jumped round the National course twice before but does have stamina to prove.  Let's just hope that all the jockey's and horses come back safe and well most importantly.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Aintree and Sedgefield as well as flat fixtures from Leicester and Kempton.  The stable has four runners; Moon Racer and Father Edward at Aintree while Taws goes to Sedgefield and Tobacco Road is a runner on the level at Leicester.  Moon Racer contests the Grade One novices' hurdle at 2.20pm and if you can draw a line through his Champion Hurdle form, his earlier efforts would make him a good thing.  Tom looked after him at Cheltenham and he has been working well at home since.  Father Edward contests the Topham at 4.05pm - a 2m5f chase over the Grand National fences - he won first time out for the stable but would need to recapture his best to figure.  David Noonan takes the ride and it will be good experience for him ahead of the big one tomorrow.

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Mr Big Shot (pictured above) was a ready winner of the novices' hurdle at Carlisle yesterday and while it probably was not the deepest of races, he could do no more than win emphatically.  In coasting to victory he was extending his unbeaten record to three and the form of his previous starts has been well advertised - he is clearly a very exciting prospect and will make a smashing chaser, while he is also bred to get a lot further.  Tom will ride few easier winners this season and it is a nice confidence booster heading into the Grand National meeting.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Wincanton and Carlisle as well as flat cards from Wolverhampton and Kempton.  David runs the very promising Mr Big Shot (pictured above) in the 2m1f novices' hurdle at 3.00pm.  Our giant six year old has won his two starts in a bumper and a hurdle in fine style and he is long odds-on to make it three out of three.  He posted a most impressive victory on his hurdles debut last time with the runner-up a dual subsequent winner and now rated 130.  At odds of 1/9 sadly we are not going to get our Aintree betting money backing this one!

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There are only two meetings taking place this afternoon - a jumps card from Kempton and an all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  Unfortunately Newton Abbot were forced to abandon their intended fixture a couple of days ago due to waterlogging.  It really is amazing as I only live 10 miles from Newton Abbot and it has seemed like summer down here over the last few days, in fact many of the members at my local golf course have been playing in shorts and short sleeve tops.  David has one runner this afternoon as Juste Pour Nous contests the novices' hurdle at 2.00pm - our four year old was a winner on the flat a couple of outings ago and has schooled nicely at home.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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Dell' Arca won the 2m7 1/2f conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at Ascot yesterday under another good ride from David Noonan.  The stewards looked into Dell' Arca's improved form compared to recent outings, although this was undoubtedly less competitive than the Martin Pipe race at the Cheltenham Festival in which he ran last time and he has been rated 10lbs higher previously.  Meanwhile, I thought that Three Star General ran a nice race on his hurdling debut on his first start for 266 days.  He can only improve with this experience under his belt and he looks like a winner waiting to happen.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Ascot and a flat fixture from Doncaster.  David has two runners at Ascot; Three Star General and Dell' Arca.  Three Star General contests the 2m3f maiden hurdle at 2.00pm and it will be our four year old geldings first start over hurdles and Tom Scudamore does the steering.  He had some fair form on the flat but he takes on rivals with plenty of experience and we will know more about him after today.  Dell' Arca runs in the boys' race at 4.50pm and he will be partnered by David Noonan who rode out his claim earlier in the week.

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