NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

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

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Irish Prince, who is entered at Worcester on Wednesday

There is a busy day ahead with six meetings taking place.  Five of them are on the flat with the action coming from Newcastle, Yarmouth, Doncaster, Newmarket and Chester, while there is a jumps fixture from Cartmel.  If you are anywhere near Cartmel and have never paid the place a visit, it is well worth going along.  The atmosphere there is fantastic - just be careful where you park your car as all the roads for miles around get blocked (and I am speaking from experience).  Champion jockey Richard Johnson looks like the man to follow with three of his four mounts looking to have very good claims.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon, all on the level with the action coming from Newcastle, Newmarket, Nottingham, Hamilton and Leicester.  The race that has attracted the most runners us the five furlong seller at Hamilton.  That tells you all you need to know, there is a demand for this type of race from trainers - now all they need to do is put on a few races over middle distances to interest jumps trainers and they will be earning revenue for the track as well!

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Carlisle, Salisbury, Kempton and Bath, while there is a jumps fixture from Worcester.  There are no runners from Pond House today and David decided that the ground was plenty fast enough at Newton Abbot last night so withdrew both Red Square Revival and Timefoben.  Talking of Newton Abbot, what does some idiot get out of setting fire to the open ditch?  It is going to cost the track around £4,000 to replace.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Beverley, Brighton and Newbury as well as a jumps fixture from our local track Newton Abbot.  Once again Newton Abbot have the best prize money on offer and continue to shine as a fine example of how a small course should be run.  David has two runners there; Red Square Revival and Timeforben.  Red Square Revival contests the 2m5f handicap chase at 7.30pm and our seven year old put up a good performance to win last time at Market Rasen on good ground.  he jumped well and I think the slightly longer trip may bring about further improvement and he should go well under Tom Scu.  Timeforben (pictured above) runs in the staying handicap hurdle at 8.35pm and she won at Worcester last time out.  She is 5lbs higher tonight but has sound claims once again.

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It was a good weekend for the stable with a winner and a second the return on our two runners.  Celestial Path (pictured above, courtesy of Worcester racecourse) made all to score comfortably at Worcester yesterday under a well-judged ride from Tom Scudamore.  With the field well strung out, I would imagine that his handicap mark of 100 will be taking a bit of a bashing from the handicapper and I wouldn't be surprised to see David try to turn him out again under a penalty.  Until now he had been disappointing over timber but the application of blinkers and drop back in trip, combined with a change of tactics certainly helped to bring about significant improvement.  Don't forget that he was very useful on the flat so the ability has never been in question - let's just hope that he can build on this now.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon and two of them are over the sticks at Hexham and Worcester while the other fixture is on the flat at Pontefract.  David has one runner today; Celestial Path (pictured above) who contests the 4.40pm at Pontefract - a two mile novices' hurdle.  He was a classy flat horse but is yet to recapture that level over hurdles.  He will certainly appreciate this surface but will need to improve on his most recent efforts to feature, especially as he has to shoulder top weight of 11-12.  Tom Scudamore makes the long trip back from Perth yesterday to partner our six year old.  I wonder what sort of mileage Tom does on his car annually?

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There are seven meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Royal Ascot, Ayr, Newmarket, Redcar, Haydock and Lingfield while there is a jumps fixture from Perth so you are out of luck if you like your National Hunt action and you live in the south.  David has one runner today; Impulsive American (pictured above) who contests the three mile handicap hurdle at 4.25pm.  Our six year old likes the track, having won twice here in the past.  He is down 5lbs for his first run back from a long absence but even so, he still has to carry 12-2 here.  He is up in trip today but has won at 2m4f and looks well worth a try at further.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle and it is his only ride of the day.

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