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Sun May 27
Fontwell, Kelso, Uttoxeter
Mon May 28
Cartmel, Huntingdon
Wed May 30
Cartmel, Warwick

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ffos Las and Plumpton and a flat fixture from Southwell.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a couple of outside rides at Plumpton.  I always used to enjoy going to Plumpton by train from London - the station is right next to the track.  I was especially fond of the fish stall that was run by the late Barry Cope and I know that Martin always enjoyed it too - I am sure that is why he used to enter a lot of his horses there (and at Fontwell)!  There is always a good crowd at Plumpton and they are a knowledgeable bunch too.  It has been a while since I last paid the place a visit, but we were always made to feel extremely welcome.

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This afternoon there are five meetings taking place with the action coming from Carlisle and Haydock over the sticks, while there are flat fixtures from Chelmsford City, Kempton and Musselburgh.  It's Challenger series final day at Haydock today and David has one runner as Abracadabra Sivola (pictured above) takes part in the staying chasers' contest at 3.15pm.  There is some very good prize money up for grabs with a prize fund of £50,000 up for grabs, with almost £31,000 of that going to the winner.  A bit like the veteran's races, this represents a good opportunity for horses in this bracket to compete for a good prize.  Abracadabra Sivola gets in at the foot of the weights having won well at Kempton a fortnight ago.  He jumped impeccably that day and a similar performance would see him go well from a 5lbs higher mark under David Noonan.  Unsurprisingly, given the prize money on offer, it is a very competitive race with the bookies going 6/1 the field.

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Today we hopefully have three flat cards at Lingfield, Newcastle and Bath (inspection 7.30am).  I watched the racing from Towcester yesterday and it was probably some of the worst ground I have ever seen.  One of the races was 1 minute 19 seconds slow and in fact it took 7 minutes 12 seconds to run the handicap chase.  I would think it will take quite a while for some of those horses to recover.  There was a claimer at Wolverhampton yesterday and the winner was claimed by Olly Williams for £9,000.  It was an eight year old called Thair and I wonder if he will try and put it over hurdles?!

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Apologies for the disruption in service on our website over the last couple of days.  As you can see, normal service is now resumed.  There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Towcester and Wetherby as well as all-weather flat fixtures from Chelmsford City and Wolverhampton. David has one runner at Towcester today as Just Midas contests the bumper at 5.25pm. He showed plenty of promise when a close fourth in a similar event at Exeter on his racecourse debut and this stiff track should suit him well. He will possibly need a longer trip in time, but he looks to have each way claims in the hands of Michael Heard, who takes a handy 5lbs off his back.

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What a good performance from Rathlin Rose (pictured above) to win the veteran's chase at Ascot on Sunday.  These are excellent races for the older generation and with over £18,000 to the winner, they are lucrative too.  It sounds amazing, but even at the age of 10 Rathlin Rose still seems to be on an upward trajectory.  He will pick up a 4lbs penalty for the Topham at Aintree in 2½ weeks, but even then, he may struggle to get into the final line-up...he jumps and stays well so let's hope that he gets in.

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         Rathlin Rose runs at Ascot

There are three meetings today.  A flat card at Doncaster pus two jumps meetings at Ascot and Carlisle.  David runs Rathlin Rose in the 4.20pm at Ascot, a 3 mile veterans handicap chase.  The youngest horse in the race is 10 years old.  There is good prize money on offer with £30,000 added.  Rathlin Rose has been in good form of late, winnings and finishing second in two military races at Sandown recently with Guy Disney on board.  Tom Scu is back in the saddle today and with only 10st 5lb on his back he should like this stiff track and he should run well.  There is another three runner novice chase on the Ascot card.  Surely this is the trainers telling people that they do not want these type of races.  They can't make it a lot clearer!  What must be frustrating for the racecourses is that they put up good prize money and attract such a small field.  Something needs to change.

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Today we have five meetings, flat cards at Doncaster, Lingfield and Wolverhampton plus jumps cards at Newbury and Bangor.  Tom Scu has gone to Bangor for a couple of rides as David does not have any runners.  Today see's the start of the proper flat season with a good card at Doncaster.  The big race is at 3.35pm, the Lincoln handicap with 22 runners.  Mind you, all the races look very competitive at Doncaster.  It is slightly strange that with all the big races up at Doncaster that Frankie Dettori goes to Lingfield for two rides.  They do look two good things to me though.  They are giving the ground at Doncaster soft so there could be some big price winners.  Look at the first race carefully as it is over 6 Furlongs and see which side is best for the draw as this is so important.

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