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Sun Sep 24
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Cheltenham Festival 2018

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I didn't realise that Paul Nicholls was looking for another jockey!  Did anyone see the drunk who tried to get his leg over the Nicholls trained Escort'men in the winners enclosure at Chepstow on Saturday?!  To be honest, the enthusiastic race goer looked to be in no fit state to get his leg over anything!  I am sure that if he wanted to ride out there would be a few trainers that could easily find something a bit keen to put him on.  There is nothing worse than getting carted up the gallops - I know, I have seen the lads and lasses  faces from the safety of the Range Rover...mind you, it's not that safe when MCP is driving - he ranks just behind Hadden and Johnny!  On a serious note though, there is a real need to tighten up security - when you see people as drunk as those football supporters were, they really do need throwing out.  How do I know they were football supporters?...they were singing football songs and chants.

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If you are going to Salisbury racing tomorrow you can get admittance to the track free of charge.  I am glad to see the track following up last year's initiative, which was a huge success with 4,313 people attending (not at all bad for a Monday).  Incidentally, the meeting is sponsored by our yard sponsors Bathwick Tyres who do so much to support and promote racing in this country.

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Rules are rules and Richard Hughes broke them, there can be no arguing with that.  I have to say though, that I think the six day ban handed down as punishment is perhaps a little harsh.  It means that Hughes will be out of action between 16th and 22nd October inclusive, and it has put a real dampener on the jockey's title race - Paul Hanagan's first jockey's title now looks to be signed, sealed and delivered.  In the short-term, both men are still going for everything - Hanagan has eight booked rides today, while Hughes has seven.

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I thought that Armenian Boy ran a good race in defeat at Ludlow yesterday.  Our seven year old finished a close second to favourite Court Red Handed, and was conceding 8lbs to the winner.  The only problem is that the handicapper will most likely stick a few more pounds on his back for his trouble.

The most impressive winner on the card was Golan Way who landed the beginners chase with any amount in hand.  He was entitled to win on his hurdles form, but that does not always translate to the bigger obstacles, and I was particularly impressed with the way in which he attacked his fences.

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I have to say that the guys have done a great job in revamping David's website.  Having looked at most of the other trainers sites, I think that ours is the best...although I might be a little bit biased with my judgement!  Anyway, if you have not yet seen it, it is well worth a look - actually, that's a bit of a stupid statement, as if you are reading this then you have already seen it!  As usual, my column will be Pond House and racing oriented, but I will also be sticking my nose into some other sports and offering my opinions some of which you may agree with, and plenty that you won't!  If you have any opinions that you wish to share with me, just drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What a finish to the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor!  For me it was one of the most memorable sporting events for quite a few years and the crowd support for the Europeans was just brilliant...even the rain and mist of Monday morning could not dampen proceedings.  As I suggested, the final result was quite a bit closer than many were predicting.  I had one bet on the entire event, and that was for McDowell to be the top Irish points scorer at 2/1 - I hope a few of you followed me in!

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What a fantastic training performance from Sir Michael Stoute to produce Workforce to win the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday following his disappointing effort in the King George at Ascot last time out.  He received a fantastic ride from Ryan Moore on a good weekend for the Brits - indeed, Clive Cox, Aiden O'Brien, Richard Fahey and Sir Michael Stoute were all among the winners in Paris.


I thought that Lucy's Perfect ran a good first race for the stable at Huntingdon yesterday afternoon.  She was beaten only a length into second by Dark Ranger and I would imagine that David will be able to place her to score in a novices' hurdle before too long.  The favourite Sircozy did not look any too keen and was doing plenty of tail swishing - he certainly looks like one to take on in future events.

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