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Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Ayr, Windsor and Beverley, while if you are a fan of the jumps you are going to have to travel a long way north as the only National Hunt fixture is from Cartmel.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today.  There was a thrilling finish to the Group 2 contest at Maisons-Laffitte yesterday with the first three home all British trained.  There was a steward's inquiry regarding the fourth home who was trained in France - I was surprised they did not kick the first three out...they seem to have some funny rules over there and they often seem to favour the home-trained runners!

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Redcar, while there are two jumps fixtures from Newton Abbot and Stratford. Stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a few outside rides at Stratford and a couple of them look to have decent chances.  I see that Simon Holt has agreed with me that there needs to be shorter gaps between races.  I know it would put a strain on trainers and stable staff but I am sure it is possible - I know, I have saddled up thousands of runners in my time.  As things stand, the whole process seemingly takes too long for the younger generation who seem to like a 'quick fix'.

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There is a busy day of action ahead with no less than seven meetings taking place.  There is flat action from Newbury, Newmarket, Ripon, Haydock and Lingfield, and yes, two jumps cards from Market Rasen and Cartmel.  Lingfield once again are offering just £30,000 across their seven race card - I'm sorry, but for a Saturday that is just downright poor.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a couple of outside rides at Market Rasen and they look as though they have it to do, while Conor O'Farrell has one ride at Cartmel, although I don't think I will be testing the 'one ride theory' today.

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I'm afraid you are out of luck if you are a fan of the jumps again today.  There are six meetings taking place but they are all on the level with the action coming from Newbury, Haydock, Nottingham, Hamilton, Newmarket and Pontefract.  With a dearth of jumps fixtures, it is unsurprising that there are no runners from Pond House today.  Let's hope there is no controversy at any of the meetings like there was yesterday at Killarney.  The stewards there took the remarkable decision to void the race 20 minutes after it had finished...lots of bookmakers on and off course had already paid out.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon and it is another day without any jump racing.  For those of you who are fans of the flat, the action comes from Hamilton, Leicester, Chepstow, Doncaster and Epsom.  Unsurprisingly, there are no runners from Pond House today.  Talking of the flat, I see that former lady jockey Hayley Turner rode another winner at Yarmouth last night.  I must have it wrong...I thought she had retired?!  Anyway, the horse she was successful upon, Hart Stopper looks really progressive and should be followed.  I am guessing that Hayley has seen how much the BBC presenters get paid and doesn't like what she sees!  How on earth can Chris Evans be getting £2.2 million?  Anyway, I digress...

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Catterick, Lingfield, Yarmouth and Sandown as well as a jumps card from Uttoxeter.  We will name and shame Lingfield today as they are offering the sum total of £30,000 in prize money across their seven race card - I wonder which course will dare to go under £30k?  Perhaps the bookmakers should run a book on it!  Anyway, I'm off on one again...David has one runner today as Lady Of Longstone (pictured above) contests the 2m7 1/2f handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter at 3.35pm.  She has to carry top weight of 11-12 less Michael Heard's 5lbs claim.  She ran a good race last week when a close third and is well-treated from a mark of 115 based on the best of her form and she looks to have decent claims this afternoon.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Beverley, Bath and Thirsk as well as a jumps card from Worcester.  David, fresh back from his holidays has two runners tonight at Worcester.  Nice Thoughts contests the 2m4f selling handicap hurdle at 7.30pm and on the best of his form he would have a great chance.  You are taking a bit of a chance with him however as his recent form has been disappointing.  Michael Heard takes the mount and claims a handy 5lbs off his back.  Purple 'N Gold is the other stable runner tonight and he reverts to hurdles for the 8.30pm race - a handicap over two miles.  He has won over fences from a mark of 130 so he looks well-treated from 117, although he is clearly a better chaser than hurdler.  Michael Heard is in the saddle and he has each way claims at prices around 10/1.

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