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Cheltenham Festival 2018

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With jump racing returning on Wednesday there is light at the end of the tunnel!  Today there are four meetings taking place with the action once again all coming on the flat with meetings from Ayr, Ripon, Windsor and Wolverhampton.  As such it is therefore Unsurprising that there are no runners from Pond House.  There was a fabulous finish to the Group One contest at Deauville yesterday with Frankie Dettori coming out on top in a thrilling three-way photograph.  Meanwhile, Jamie Spencer scooped the Listed and Group Three contests for Luca Cumani and Charlie Appleby so it was a good day for the Brits abroad.

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Today there are flat cards at Leicester and Windsor and there is a jumps meeting at Downpatrick and a flat meeting at the Curragh on ATR.  There is a 7F seller at Leicester, it a shame it is not over a bit further but Leicester is a fairly stiff track.  I see that the Brighton Football chairman Tony Bloom sponsored at his local track.  It is his clubs first season in the Premiership and he has said that as long as they finish in the top 17 he'll be happy but who knows, the top six would be nice!  I personally think they will do very well to avoid relegation, sorry Tony.  

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                The Pipe Golf Team!

A big thank you must go to Wincanton racecourse who put on a golf tournament for the stable staff on their course in the centre of the track yesterday.  The weather stayed fine and there was free food and drink and some great prizes on offer.  Our team, although not winners in the golf, did not come home empty handed having won the best dressed team - I will let you judge for yourselves!  The team made up of Gerry Supple, Ashley Farrant, Ken Rixon an Gemma from the office actually played quite well I am told but they were no match for team Honeyball who were the winners by some distance.  We believe they were quite well handicapped!  A good time was had by all and it was a great event put on by Wincanton and their staff which is greatly appreciated by all the local trainers and their teams.

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Today there are five flat meetings at Wolverhampton, Musselburgh, Brighton, Newmarket and Haydock.  I see that trainer Charlie McBride is going to be pay his £1500 fine for running the wrong horse at Yarmouth from his winnings.  He had £10 each way at 50/1, so even after his winnings he is still £1000 out of pocket.  I think I would have kept quiet about the bet!  Adrian Nicholls has his first runner as a trainer today at Wolverhampton in the 4.50pm.  It is very hard to follow someone like his dad David who was a great trainer, especially of sprinters.  I know a David who has followed a dad who was a great trainer!

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         Schooling in the Sunshine

Today there are six meetings, all on the flat at Haydock, Brighton, Yarmouth, Sandown, Newcastle and Wolverhampton.  A wet Tuesday and Wednesday produced a record number of non-runners.  By 5pm yesterday there was 105 horses pulled out!  You expect and want mostly good, good to firm ground at his time of year.  If you run your horses on the wrong ground the form will not work out right and you could mess them up.  It does not feel like the middle of the summer to me with the ground like it is, although the sun is finally shining this morning!  With the ground like it is you want jumpers but as we know there is no jumps racing at the moment!

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Day three of our summer sabbatical and we have five flat cards taking place with the action coming from Pontefract, Brighton, Bath, Kempton and Yarmouth.  Talk about riding again, Hayley Turner is now taking Josephine Gordon's place at the Shergar Cup meeting at Ascot on Saturday.  One minute she is retired, the next she is riding everywhere.  Good luck to her I say...you are a long time retired.

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Day two of our summer sabbatical and there are four meetings taking place on the level with the action coming from Leicester, Catterick, Chelmsford City and Nottingham.  The highlight of yesterday's action was the victory of Avon Breeze at Ripon yesterday - she won a £20,000 race on the 52nd start of her career.  Furthermore it was her second start in as many days AND she is in foal to Equiano...what a star!

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