NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Wed Apr 26
Exeter, Perth
Thu Apr 27
Market Rasen, Perth, Taunton
Fri Apr 28
Chepstow, Huntingdon, Perth

Entries & Recent Form


Father Edward - loading on the lorry today
Today we have four meetings, obviously the big one is at Cheltenham plus Towcester, Hexham and Chelmsford.  The stable has four runners at Cheltenham today, Starchitect, La Vaticane, Doctor Harper and Father Edward.  Starchitect runs in the 4.10pm, a 24 runner handicap chase with Tom Scu on board.  He won last time out at Ayr and he won't mind the ground drying out.  I thought on 10st 11lb he should run a big race and hopefully will go close.  We run three in the Kim Muir amateur handicap chase at 5.30pm.  La Vaticane carries 11st 10lb and has good jockey Darren Edwards on board.  Darren won this race for Martin on Maximize in 2004.  She is a little bit in and out but has won this season and at 33/1 she has small each way claims.  Doctor Harper pulled up last time out so needs to bounce back to form but he ran well at the track on New Year's day and a repeat of that run would give him a squeak.  He has Lisa O'Neill on board and she is already a winners at Cheltenham this week.  Father Edward is another who needs to improve on recent form but Rex Dingle takes a handy seven pounds off which will help.

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     Un Temps Pour Tout - Wins Again

There is nothing like a winner at Cheltenham to lift the atmosphere of the yard and our marquee at the races.  You should have heard the noise when Un Temps Pour Tout jumped the last, it was then a little quiet when Singlefarmpayment challenged but as they went past the post with Tom Scu punching the air all hell was let loose!  Tom was more confident than a lot of us watching!  A great result for everyone but especially for owners Caroline & Bryan who put a lot into our yard.  To get a winner at the Olympics of horse racing is everything and don't forget our horse was carrying seven pounds more than he did last year and was carrying top weight of 11st 12lb.  I love Tom Scu's quote in the Racing Post "he's a funny horse and you don't know which version will turn up - I'd like to ask him!"

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     Moon Racer on the Gallops (nearside)

Today starts the Olympics of horse racing, it is of course the Cheltenham Festival - four days of top class racing.  There is also a jumps card at Sedgefield plus two flat at Southwell and Wolverhampton.  Cheltenham have over £1 million in prize money up for grabs, Wolverhampton have £30,000!  Let's run through the runners, David has four today at Prestbury Park.  Un Temps Pour Tout runs in the 2.50pm the Ultima Chase over 3m1f carrying top weight.  He is a 10/1 chance in the paper and they go 7/1 the field.  He won this race in 2016 but runs off a seven pond higher mark this afternoon.  His recent runs have been slightly disappointing but he does seem a better horse in the spring so fingers crossed he can run well again.  Vintage Clouds with only 10st 5lb and priced at 25/1 could have an each way chance.  

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Chepstow, Plumpton and Stratford as well as an all-weather flat fixture from Chelmsford City.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore goes to Chepstow to ride new recruit and Irish point-to-point winner Warthog in the 11 runner bumper.  Our five year old was a convincing winner last time and his experience will stand him in good stead here - he goes well at home and a big run is expected.  Conditional jockey David Noonan goes to Plumpton for the mount aboard Carqalin in the novices' handicap chase at 2.30pm.  He will need to improve on his hurdles form to figure but he has schooled nicely at home and a change of discipline could bring about some improvement.

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Not long now until the start of the Cheltenham Festival - the preview nights are done and David was given a good grilling at both Exeter and Taunton last week.  People keep asking me what is going to win at the meeting and I wish it was that easy!  I did tip up four good priced winners last year, so I will do my best to point you in the right direction this time around:  I have backed Neon Wolf (Wednesday), Tombstone (Wednesday), Cantlow (Wednesday) and Unowhatimeanharry (Thursday).  I have also had a little interest on The New One for the Champion Hurdle - he is a big price and with a clear round of jumping I can see him making the frame again.  The biggest problem with punting on the Festival is that so many of the horses have multiple entries it is difficult to know who will line up where.

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It was another epic day at Sandown yesterday thanks to Rathlin Rose and Captain Guy Disney as they added the Grand Military Gold Cup to their earlier Royal Artillery success.  The pair scorched up the run-in to score by 12 lengths to complete a famous double.  Although this was not a handicap, such was his superiority it is hard to imagine him not going up in the weights for this.  Meanwhile, Shaama Grise posted a very game effort finishing second in the handicap hurdle on her first try at 2m5 1/2f and Mr Clarkson finished runner-up in the concluding novices' hurdle.  With the Festival starting on Tuesday it is good to see the horses running well.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Sandown, Leicester and Ayr while there is an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  The stable has three runners at Sandown; Rathlin Rose, Shaama Grise and Mr Clarkson.  Rathlin Rose contests the Grand Military Gold Cup at 3.05pm and is partnered by the incredible Captain Guy Disney - what an amazing story it would be if he could follow up his Royal Artillery success of three weeks ago (pictured above).  He beat Ardkilly Witness that day although the runner-up gets a 5lbs pull this afternoon, let's hope the result is the same!  Shaama Grise runs in the 2m5 1/2f handicap hurdle having narrowly been beaten at Exeter last time - this longer trip looks as though it will suit and she holds solid claims under Tom Scudamore.  Our final runner of the day is the Pipe's Prospectors horse Mr Clarkson who is unlucky not to be unbeaten since joining the Pond House team.  He contests the novices' hurdle at 4.50pm and looks as though he will be suited by this longer trip - David Noonan has won three time aboard him and he has a good chance of making it four today.

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