Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There was a very good day at Exeter yesterday as not only did David enjoy a winner with You Say What, there was also the Gail Harrison A Lifetime In Racing handicap hurdle.  She picked out the best turned out (which went on to win the race) and presented the prize to the winning owners.  Afterwards David and Martin presented her with an award before compere Robert Bellamy set her a few posers.  When asked about who was the better to work for, Martin or David, she replied "they are as bad as each other!"  I'm sure she meant as good as...Anyway, the day was completed when You Say What ran out a ready winner of the staying chase from a mark of 114.  He jumped well and looked the likeliest winner from some way out.  Mister Drifter finished sixth in the staying hurdle, weakening only after the last and can be winning before too long.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with Exeter and Uttoxeter hosting jumps fixtures.  David has two runners at each meeting; Mister Drifter and You Say What at Exeter and Ilovemints and Virtuel d'Oudon at Uttoxeter.  The first race at Exeter is called the 'Gail Harrison, A Lifetime In Racing handicap hurdle' and commemorates her 34 years at Pond House and her time at the Walwyn's prior to that.  The press gave her the nickname 'Boycott' as nothing used to get past her and I can even recall her riding out in her hair net - that will surprise a few of the current staff.  She was very bossy and put everybody in their place (that won't surprise any of the staff!).  Seriously though, she has done a great job for Martin and David and is richly deserving of this recognition.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ascot, Haydock and Huntingdon while there are also a couple of all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  David has a runner at both Ascot and Haydock.  Vaniteux contests the 3.15pm race at Ascot - it is a £100,000 handicap chase over 2m1f and while there is not a massive field, it is extremely competitive.  Our charge has some decent form in the book but has the weight to match and needs to improve on his most recent efforts to figure.  He wouldn't want too much rain.  Meanwhile at Haydock, Champers On Ice (pictured above) runs in the stayers' hurdle at 2.25pm.  It is another valuable handicap worth £100,000 (it used to be the Fixed Brush hurdle but they have done away with those obstacles for whatever reason) and has drawn a big field.  Champers showed some excellent hurdles form when third to Unowhatimeanharry in the Albert Bartlett a couple of season's ago - form that would see him go close.  It will be interesting to see how he gets on back over timber on his seasonal debut - he is only a 7/1 shot and Tom Scu is in the saddle.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ascot, Catterick and Ffos Las, while there is an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  David has one runner at Ffos Las as I'm Always Trying (pictured above) makes his racecourse debut in the conditional and amateur riders' bumper at 4.00pm.  Our four year old is partnered by Michael Heard who takes a handy 5lbs off his back.  He lacks the experience of a large number of these but he has shown ability at home and we will know more about him after today.  Meanwhile, over at Ascot stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up three outside rides.

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The stable continued in good form when Ramses de Teillee ran out a convincing winner of the staying novices' handicap chase at Chepstow yesterday.  He jumped exceptionally well for his first start over fences, barring a slight scare at the third last and he won by 17 lengths despite Tom Scudamore easing him considerably on the run-in.  He handled the heavy ground in great style and certainly looks like an exciting staying chaser in the making.  The Racing Post reporter was also suitably impressed to make him their 'star performer' despite there being some other useful types on the card.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps fixtures from Warwick, Hexham and Chepstow as well as an all-weather flat meeting from Kempton.  David runs Ramses de Teillee in the 2m7½f novices' handicap chase at Chepstow at 2.25pm.  He has run well to finish in the frame on all three starts this season over timber and hopefully the switch to the larger obstacles can see him get his head in front.  He has schooled well at home as you would expect of a winning pointer and he should love the ground.  He looks to have a good chance in the hands of Tom Scudamore.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Fakenham and Southwell as well as an all-weather flat card from Lingfield.  There are no runners from Pond House today although David Noonan travels to Southwell this afternoon for just one mount and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the 'one ride' theory pay off this afternoon - let's hope so, otherwise it will be a long trip home for the young jockey.

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