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Cheltenham Festival 2018

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It is another blank day for fans of the jumps - there are five fixtures taking place this afternoon and they are all on the level with the action coming from Ascot, Pontefract, Wolverhampton, Yarmouth and Brighton. Brighton follow in the footsteps of yesterday's Wolverhampton card by offering a pitiful £31,000 across their seven race card. You will need your horse to win just to be able to afford an ice cream!  Talking of Brighton, it took jockey Joe Fanning six hours to drive to the track yesterday - fortunately for him he rode a double which means that his percentage will just about have covered his petrol costs.  He rides there again this evening so he probably had a nice stay in the seaside town - thinking about it, he has just one ride so maybe the 'one ride' theory will have a positive result tonight.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with all the action coming on the flat from Nottingham, Brighton, Yarmouth, Chelmsford and Wolverhampton. Somehow Wolverhampton get away with a total of £31,000 in prize money across their seven race card. This fixture is obviously not being run for the benefit of the owners or the horses, so who is making the money?

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Bath, Windsor and Beverley supported by jumps fixtures from Kempton and Warwick. Fresh from their one day break, the stable has two runners at Warwick; Celestial Path and Work, while Arkadios runs at Kempton.  Celestial Path takes in the novices's hurdle at 1.30pm and he is yet to replicate his good flat form over timber and Bedrock looks to be the one to beat.  Work contests the boys' handicap hurdle at 5.00pm and she was unlucky not to win on her first start over hurdles - she has run creditably since and looks to have fair claims under David Noonan who also takes a handy 3lbs off her back.  Meanwhile, over at Kempton Arkadios takes in the 2m5f handicap hurdle at 4.40pm - I thought he would have won at Newton Abbot last time but for falling two out.  This is a stronger race and he is higher in the weights but he looks like he has a good chance in the hands of Michael Heard.

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Today we just have two flat cards at Salisbury and Thirsk.  The jumps racing new season does not start until Monday at Kempton and Warwick so the jump boys can have a day's holiday!  I preferred it when the jumps season had a couple months off and started again at Newton Abbot but I guess those days have long gone!  It was good to see Brian Harding retiring from the saddle in one piece.  As I keep saying, it is good to know when to retire in any sport and I think the 44 year old jockey has made the right decision.

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Today there are six meetings, flat cards at Doncaster, Haydock, Leicester, Ripon and Wolverhampton plus a great jumps card at Sandown.  As well as being the final day of the National Hunt season, it is also the final day of the Punchestown Festival.  Tom Scu goes to Sandown to ride Vincent's Forever in the 1.50pm juvenile handicap hurdle over two miles.  He was third last time out at Taunton on good ground but he would need to improve on his hurdle form to win.  He was rated 82 on the flat for John Gosden so he has got ability.  Tom has to do 10st 3lb to ride Doing Fine in the 3.35pm and he looks to have a good chance.  Tom reached the magic 100 winner mark for the season last night at Chepstow on Billy My Boy for Chris Down.  It is a like cricket in that you don't want to get out on 99 so many congratulations to Tom.

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It is a busy day with five meetings to look forward to this afternoon. There is jumping action from Perth, Chepstow and Huntingdon supported by flat action from Sandown and Doncaster. David has one runner this afternoon as Warthog contests the 2m2f bumper from Punchestown at 7.45pm - the race that the stable won a couple of years ago with Champers On Ice.  Our five year old gelding, Warthog (pictured above) was a winner of an Irish point-to-point and was unlucky not to win on his rules debut at Chepstow.  Top amateur Patrick Mullins is in the saddle and I was a little disappointed to see him priced up at 5/2 as I was hoping he was going to be bigger than that.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Perth, Taunton and Market Rasen while there are flat cards from Beverley and Chelmsford City. Meanwhile, it is day three of the Punchestown Festival and the trainers' championship between messrs Elliott and Mullins is getting very close with Gordon ahead by £200,000.  I was watching the racing from Punchestown yesterday and I have to say that while I am a big fan of Ruby Walsh, I didn't think his ride aboard Penhill was up to his usual exceptional standards...maybe I am just talking through my pocket (again)?!

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