NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat Apr 21
Ayr, Bangor
Sun Apr 22
Stratford, Wincanton
Mon Apr 23
Hexham, Newton Abbot, Sedgefield

Entries & Recent Form

There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Wincanton and Carlisle as well as a couple of all-weather flat cards from Southwell and Newcastle.  Stable jockey Tom Scu is in this morning for a couple of lots before heading off to Wincanton where he has picked up a couple of decent looking outside rides.  Meanwhile, over in Ireland it is good to see Ruby Walsh back in the saddle at Thurles ahead of next week's Cheltenham Festival.  He has just one ride and I am sure the order of the day is a clear round, but it will certainly help to blow out the cobwebs.

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Hopefully the weather has taken a turn for the better.  Indeed, there are four race meetings scheduled for this afternoon and there is not an inspection in sight.  There are jumps cards from Catterick and Fontwell as well as all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Kempton.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although stable jockey Tom Scudamore heads up to Catterick for just one ride for his brother - let's hope it goes well otherwise it is going to prove to be a long journey home.

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There is just one meeting taking place this afternoon; an all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  I have to be honest, I am very surprised that Exeter took the decision to abandon their meeting today and along with it, the Cheltenham preview evening that was scheduled for tonight.  I played golf nearby yesterday afternoon and it was like a summer's day.  Hopefully all the courses will have had a chance to dry out by the weekend, especially Cheltenham with the Festival kicking off a week today.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Lingfield, Southwell and Kempton, while there is all-weather flat action from Wolverhampton.  Let's hope they all get the go ahead as Tom Scu heads all the way to Southwell for a couple of outside rides.  Meanwhile the Kempton card which is being branded as a jumps fixture is a number of jumper's bumpers.  At least it should give the horses a good blowout.  Champion jockey Richard Johnson looks to be the man to follow at Kempton.

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Today there is just the one meeting on the fibre sand at Southwell.  Let's hope it gets the go-ahed.  It would be a terrible day in England with no racing!  People who go in the betting shops for a Sunday wager will have to play on the machines or bet on the make believe racing on the screens!  The place to be for racing is Abu Dhabi - they have no problem with the snow!

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 Vieux Lion Rouge watching on in the Snow!

We are lucky down here in Torbay as most of the snow has now gone and it is 6c temperature wise.  At Pond House the temperatures are not so warm and they still have plenty of snow!  David collected all the staff once again and thankfully the weather is not disrupting the horses daily routine too much thanks to all the teams hard work.  There were inspections at Chelmsford and Lingfield but they have passed and racing goes ahead.  Newcastle are inspecting at 8am.  The staff at Lingfield have been working through the night to get the card on.  Clerk of the Course George Hill said they have got four ITV lorries parked in the car park and it would be the first time they have been on main TV.  The Newcastle track seems a bit more positive and they say they should be okay if the forecast is correct.

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  Bacon Sandwiches all round this morning!

Today I cannot get out of my drive!  I am completely snowed in and it is deep so I can't even get a Racing Post!  It is difficult conditions up at the yard but David went around in his 4x4 and collected lots of the local staff.  They have done a great job since first light as they had to dig away snow to get into the stables but they are currently out exercising first lot so a top effort by everyone involved.  Southwell is the only meeting that has survived the weather today but I imagine some horses will have trouble in actually getting to the racecourse because there seems to be so many roads closed right across the country.  Brian Hughes has some nice rides and he could be the one to follow.

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