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Wed Jun 28
Worcester
Fri Jun 30
Cartmel
Sun Jul 02
Cartmel, Uttoxeter

Cheltenham Festival 2018

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Today we have five meetings, flat cards at Beverley, Nottingham, Ayr and Kempton plus a jump card at Cartmel.  David does not have any runners today.  Last night Sweettoothtommy finished third but he was beaten a fair way. He should drop a few more pounds though which should help for the future.  I thought Arkadios was running a cracker but he messed the last two hurdles up which definitely cost him a place at least.  He surely has the ability to win a race.  Rod's Dream finished third in the bumper on his racecourse debut.  I thought this was a good first ever run on a racecourse and he can only improve with experience.  The horse with experience in the race, the Philip Hobbs trained Horse Force One won the race.

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    Rod's Dream runs at Newton Abbot
There are five meetings today, flat cards at Leicester, Redcar, Lingfield and Wolverhampton plus a jumps card at Newton Abbot this evening.  David has three runners at Newton Abbot, Sweettoothtommy, Arkadios and newcomer Rod's Dream.  Sweettoothtommy runs in the 6.20pm 3m2f handicap chase.  He finished fourth last time out at Chepstow running on from 2 out and so the step up in trip today should suit.  Arkadios runs in the 7.20pm 2m2f handicap hurdle.  He carries top weight of 11st 13lb less Michael Heard's five pound claim.  His form figures do not look the greatest but he was in the lead at the second last at this track when falling on his penultimate start.  Let's hope he can reproduce that run and then he would be in with a chance.  David's last runner is in the 8.20pm bumper and Rod's Dream is having his first ever run on a racecourse.  He works well at home but the horse to beat is the Philip Hobbs' trained Horse Force One as he won a point to point 23 days ago.

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              Happy Birthday MCP!
There are six meetings today, flat cards at Windsor, Chelmsford, Leicester and Redcar plus jumps cards at Huntingdon and Cartmel.  Tom Scu and David Noonan both have rides at Huntingdon but David does not have any runners today.  It was a good day for the yard at Ffos Las on Saturday evening.  Delface won the first race for this coming season on his debut for Pond House.  He jumped well and won by just over 3 lengths.  The rain softened ground probably helped and he should be able to follow up.  Three Star General was another to run well to finish second.  He was beaten less than 4 lengths by Positively Dylan and if he can produce that form next time he should have no problem in going one better.  Bambi Du Noyer was only beaten a neck by Alyas Emperor and they were clear of the third.  He surely is another winner waiting to happen.  Tis What It Is finished third on his racecourse debut and can surely only improve for the experience.  

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      Ballynagour runs at Uttoxeter
There are three meetings today, all over the sticks at Fontwell, Kelso and Uttoxeter.  David has one runner at Fontwell, Arkadios in the 5.05pm handicap hurdle with Michael Heard on board and three runners at Uttoxeter, Prospera Pascha, Sadlers Gold and Ballynagour with Tom Scu riding all three.  Arkadios has not had a lot of luck in recent times so a clear round would be a good start.  He was in the lead and looked the winner when falling at Newton Abbot on his penultimate start so hopefully we can see a similar level of form this afternoon and he should be competitive.  

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    Three Star General runs at Ffos Las
It is a bank holiday weekend which means a busy racing weekend!  There are seven meetings today, flat cards at Haydock, Goodwood, York, Chester and Salisbury plus jumps cards at Cartmel and Ffos Las.  David has four runners at Ffos Las, Delface, Three Star General, Bambi Du Noyer and Tis What It Is.  Delface runs in the 6pm race, a 2 mile novice hurdle.  He won a 2 mile maiden hurdle at Wexford on soft/heavy ground.  They have had 14mm of rain at Ffos Las overnight so this will hep but the ground will still probably be quicker than when he won.  He works well at home and Tom Scu rides so hopefully he has a good chance.  Three Star General runs in the 7.30, a 2m6f novice hurdle.  He is a 70 rated flat performer who finished fourth in a decent novice hurdle at Ascot on his stable debut.  A similar level of form would give him a great chance but Positively Dylan looks the one to beat.  Don't forget he also won the Cheltenham Charity race in the meantime with Ben Moore on board.

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     Work runs at Worcester Tonight
Today there are six meetings, flat cards at Goodwood, Haydock, Bath, Musselburgh and Pontefract plus a jumps cards at Worcester.  David runs Work in the 8.50pm, a 2m4f mares handicap hurdle with Tom Scu on board.  She ran well on the flat last week over 2 miles at Chepstow but her runs over hurdles have been disappointing so far.  She should be able to win off a mark of 91 so looks to have a good chance tonight.  Gabrial the Great finished third at Warwick yesterday and it was a good run but the winner won fairly easily and it was fairly tight between all the other runners.  His handicap mark of 134 looks quite high and is above his last winning mark so hopefully he may drop and pound or two and he can be even more competitive again next time.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Sandown, Goodwood, Catterick and Chelmsford City, while there is a jumps fixture from Warwick.  David has one runner today as Gabrial The Great (pictured above) contests the two mile handicap chase at Warwick at 4.30pm.  Our eight year old won from a 3lbs lower mark at Uttoxeter last season so is not without a chance although he will need to improve on his most recent efforts.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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