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Mon Aug 21
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Tue Aug 22
Newton Abbot
Wed Aug 23
Worcester

Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon, all on the level with the action coming from Pontefract, Wolverhampton, Hamilton and Windsor.  The wooden spoon today goes to Wolverhampton who offer just £30,000 across their seven race card.  I wonder who (apart from the tracks) make money when the prize money is set so low - it certainly isn't the owner!  What about stable jockey Tom Scudamore?  He was a winning flat jockey at the weekend as he landed the five furlong sprint at York aboard Tylery Wonder.  I did like the Racing Post's write-up, especially when they say, "It was hard to foresee a performance like this"...I am not sure if they are talking about Tom or the horse!

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      Purple N Gold runs at Uttoxeter

There are three meetings today, two jumps cards at Cartmel and Uttoxeter and a flat card at Windsor.  There is also a good flat card in Ireland at the Curragh with some Group races.  David has one runner, Purple N Gold in the 4.35pm at Uttoxeter and David Noonan rides.  It has some good prize money on offer and has attracted a competitive field of nine good horses.  Our eight year old is in good form and he won last time out at Fontwell.  I have a slight feeling that 2 miles is just on the sharp side for him these days but having said that he is a fantastic horse who has won 11 races in his career.  Hopefully he can run his usual honest race and be in the shake-up once again.

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         Tom Scu Rides at York Today
There a seven meetings today and they are all on the flat at, Newcastle, Newmarket, York, Windsor, Chester, Doncaster and Lingfield.  The two big races are the Northumberland Plate and the Irish Derby.  The best thing that happened yesterday is that they taped up Matt Chapman's mouth! Chapman took a vow of silence for charity.  I am sure if he did this for a few more days he would raise thousands!  There is no jumps racing today but Tom Scu has a ride in the 4.50pm at York.  It is a jump jockeys handicap over 5f!  A lot of these jockeys will have never been this fast in their lives!  Tom Scu has said "I am not sure the track at York is quite ready for me to go burning down it!"

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with five of those coming on the level.  The action is from Chester, Doncaster, Newcastle, Newmarket and Yarmouth, while if you are a fan of the jumps you had better live in the north of the country as the sole National Hunt fixture is at Cartmel.  It just goes to show how much rain we have had over the last few days - all of the turf meetings have the word 'soft' in the description in some form or other.  David does not have any runners today.

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This afternoon we have five meetings taking place, all on the flat with the action coming from Newcastle, Newmarket, Nottingham, Hamilton and Newbury.  With no jumps action today it is unsurprising that David has no runners.  Talking of flat racing, I see that Salisbury are to host a concert after their meeting on 15th July.  There has been all manner of debate about whether racing and live music really mix after the trouble at Newmarket's Little Mix gig last week but I don't think Salisbury are likely to face similar problems - they have a band called Coldplace - yes, I do have that right.  They are a tribute band to Coldplay - not quite the same!

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***Update***
Kalifourchon non-runner, 3.50pm Worcester

There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Carlisle, Salisbury, Bath and Kempton as well as a jumps card from Worcester.  David has two runners at Worcester this afternoon; Tis What It Is who contests the bumper for conditional jockeys and amateurs at 3.20pm and Kalifourchon who goes in the 2m7f handicap hurdle at 3.50pm.  Tis What It Is has had just one run and finished a close third at Ffos Las on good/soft ground - he can only improve for that experience and should go well again under David Noonan.  Kalifourchon has to bounce back from some disappointing efforts but he did win first time last season and is now 2lbs lower.  Meanwhile, over on the flat at Kempton David runs Tobacco Road who was a close second at Chelmsford on his penultimate start - a repeat of that would see him go well again under Tom Marquand.

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Today there are four meetings taking place with flat cards from Beverley, Brighton and Leicester as well as a jumps fixture from one of our local tracks, Newton Abbot.  Brighton once again are awarded the wooden spoon for their prize money - £30,000 across their seven race card is poor to say the least, meanwhile Newton Abbot offers £44,000 across a six race card...I will say no more.  David has one runner today as Nice Thoughts contests the lady amateur riders handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot at 8.00pm.  He has some bits and pieces of good form although he has been a little disappointing of late and will need to step up on his most recent efforts.  Vicky Wade (pictured above) is in the saddle and she has been riding out at Pond House since last season.

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