NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Mon May 01
Kempton, Warwick
Thu May 04
Sedgefield, Towcester
Fri May 05
Cheltenham, Fontwell

Entries & Recent Form

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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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Wincanton and Carlisle as well as all-weather flat cards from Southwell and Newcastle.  David has two runners at Wincanton this afternoon; Top Wood and Arkadios.  Top Wood (pictured above) carries top weight in the staying handicap chase at 2.55pm.  He looks to be on a reasonable mark now, 6lbs lower than his last winning rating although he does need to bounce back to form.  Meanwhile, Arkadios contests the 2m novices' hurdle at 3.30pm and he needs to improve on what he has shown so far to figure - Michael Heard is in the saddle and claims 5lbs off his back.

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This afternoon we have three meetings taking place following the abandonment of Fontwell.  That leaves us with jumping action from Catterick and a couple of all-weather flat meetings from Lingfield and Kempton.  David was due to run Great Tempo (pictured above) this afternoon in the 2m3f handicap hurdle but the abandonment leaves us with no runners today.  Martabot finished runner-up in the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle at Exeter yesterday and while it was a decent performance trying to concede 8lbs to the winner, I must admit that I did think he was going to win.  Still, there was more than enough encouragement to suggest that he will be winning something similar before too long, especially when he learns to settle a little better.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Exeter and Newcastle as well as an all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  We run Martabot in the 4.50pm race at Exeter.  Our six year old carries 11-12 in this 2m1f handicap hurdle for conditional jockeys and Harry Reed takes 3lbs off his back.  Martabot was in the process of running a nice race when slipping on the bend last time at Lingfield so hopefully he can build on that promise.  Meanwhile stable jockey Tom Scudamore travels all the way up to Newcastle for a couple of rides including his brother's Two Smoking Barrels who looks to have a good chance in the 3.40pm race.

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There are three meetings today, jumps cards at Southwell and Lingfield plus a flat card at Wolverhampton.  David does not have any runners but Tom Scu goes to Southwell for a couple of outside rides.  Grace Tara looks his best chance for brother Michael in the 3.30pm race.  Both Shotavodka and Taws finsihed third on Saturday.  Taws was third in a Listed contest at Doncaster and surely a win is not too far way.  Shotavodka was a good third in the Veterans chase at Newbury, Tom gave him a great ride and he came there looking like the winner just to get tired in the last half a furlong.  He should soon win off his present handicap mark.  Definitely Red won a good 3m2f handicap chase at Doncaster on Saturday, the Grimthorpe.  He has now been backed for the Grand National and I see he is now 20/1 with some of the firms.

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