NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat Apr 21
Ayr, Bangor
Sun Apr 22
Stratford, Wincanton
Mon Apr 23
Hexham, Newton Abbot, Sedgefield

Entries & Recent Form

We saw a vintage ride from Kieren Fallon aboard Fulgar yesterday afternoon at Newmarket.  Why do these top jockeys always ride out of their skins against one that I have backed?!  You guessed it, I was on heavily backed favourite Mijhaar who looked all over the winner approaching the final furlong...I also managed to get 7/2 about the 13/8 shot.  A great Fallon ride, but why against me?!

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I see that flat jockey Ted Durcan is jocked up at Beverley next Wednesday.  Nothing odd in that I hear you say and normally I would agree...however, he is currently booked to ride in a ladies race!  I bet Ted has taken some stick about that in the changing rooms (unless of course he has walked into the wrong changing room!) - someone somewhere has obviously made a bit of a boob!

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The good form of the stable continued in the closing race at Uttoxeter last night when Frosted Grape won the handicap hurdle under champion jockey A P McCoy.  She was well-backed throughout the day and clearly relishing the step up to three miles, she came away to win well - I wouldn't be at all surprised to see her turned out again shortly.  She won four races last season, showing progressive form to win three chases and a hurdle, and while clearly not quite as good over timber she was able to take advantage of a mark 17lbs lower than over fences.

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Frosted Grape is David's only runner at Uttoxeter this evening and she runs in the 9.20pm race.  I could be alseep by then!  It is rather late but I do enjoy watching these evening meetings and our five year old mare has ran okay so far this season and we have champ A P McCoy in the saddle so fingers crossed she will run well.  As I mentioned over the weekend I have been out with the camera taking a few snap shots on the gallops, so click on read more to have a look.

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What a joke the heavyweight title fight was - David Haye was given a real hiding by Wladimir Klitschko and then complained about his performance being affected by a broken toe...it wasn't even his big toe!  I remember Peter Scudamore riding with a broken bone in his wrist and you hear of other jockeys riding with broken collar bones, yet David Haye blames a broken little toe for his dismal failure - it's hard to believe.  Where was the Hayemaker?  It was more like a hay maker - sorry if that is a bit corny for you!

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Great sporting achievements.  Talking about great sporting achievements,what about American golfer Erik Compton.  He won the Mexico Open, shooting a seven under par 65 in the final round only three years after his second heart transplant.  Now I think that takes some beating.  Remaining on the topic of golf I see that Tiger Woods does not seem to be getting any better from his injuries and it looks like he will need a miracle to now beat Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 Majors.  I saw that Jack was actually over watching Wimbledon last week.  It is very hard to come back from serious injury, as the William's sisters proved in the tennis. 

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It was great for David to have a winner on the flat yesterday at Sandown with Beyond who was making his Pond House debut.  He was having his first run on the turf having previously being twice a winner on the all-weather for Jeremy Noseda.  He was also twice a winner over hurdles last season and he is a lovely four year old who I am sure will win many more races both over obstacles and on the flat.  He was always in a prominent position in the race under Robert Havlin and came up the Sandown hill well to win nicely under a great ride.  

Beyond_SandownBeyond at Sandown

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