NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat Jul 21
Cartmel, Market Rasen
Sun Jul 22
Newton Abbot, Stratford
Mon Jul 23
Cartmel

Entries & Recent Form

It is more like winter in Lambourn, where we are staying at present.  It has barely stopped raining over the last 24 hours, although I am told they had just 2mm overnight at Pond House where they seem to have escaped the worst of it.  There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Goodwood, Haydock, Bath and Pontefract as well as a jumps fixture from Worcester.  David has two runners at Worcester; last time out winner Whitley Neill and Orchard Thieves.  The ground has obviously eased the ground a little at Worcester and has altered from good/firm to good (good/soft in places).

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Easter Eric (pictured above) produced a creditable first effort when third in the bumper at Southwell yesterday evening.  This had the look of a decent contest for the time of year and he will certainly have learned plenty for this racecourse debut.  He is a well-bred individual and he looks like he should have little trouble winning something similar.  He handled the good ground well and didn't look as though he would be inconvenienced by it being quicker still.  This was a promising effort, something that was not lost on the Racing Post who made him their eyecatcher of the meeting.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Ayr, Yarmouth and Kempton as well as jumps fixtures from Warwick and Southwell.  David has one runner at Southwell; Easter Eric who contests the 8.35pm race at Southwell.  He is a homebred with a lovely pedigree but while there are only seven runners, it does look like a hot contest for this time of year.  Easter Eric goes nicely at home, but this will be a whole new experience for our four year old so we will see how he gets on..

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Nottingham, Ayr and Chepstow as well as a couple of meetings over the sticks at Hexham and Huntingdon.  There are no runners from Pond House today and it looks as though stable jockey Tom Scudamore will also be taking the day off, while David Noonan makes the long trip up to Hexham for one ride at 7.30pm. It's going to be a late night for David, so let's hope that it is worth it.  I see that Take To Heart, a winner yesterday at Towcester is due to go through the sales ring at Doncaster today.  The trainer could not get hold of the owner as she had other thing son her mind.  By the way, the owner is The Queen!

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Carlisle, Leicester, Redcar and Windsor as well as a jumps card from Towcester.  The most interesting race of the day as far I am concerned would have been the 1m4f seller at Leicester.  You may recall (I have only mentioned it once or twice!) that this was the track and distance from where we claimed Make A Stand.  The trouble is, there are only three runners and I am not sure that any of them are any good!  It is a shame that there are not more races of this type as it would certainly help the courses earn a bit of income, although with only three runners perhaps the trainers don't want them afterall?

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It's a shame that the biggest stories centering around British racing at present is the number of punch-up's at the racecourses.  I know that there are sniffer dogs on some of the tracks now, although I am not quite sure of their value.  As I see it, the biggest problem is the number of drinks these idiots are consuming.  Furthermore, most of them are wearing suits and look completely normal until they are blind drunk.  I tend to agree with snooker and boxing supremo Barry Hearn, who says that more money needs to be spent on security and there should be less tolerance - the moment there is any sign of trouble, they should be ejected from the course.  Most of them aren't there for the racing anyway, just a good booze-up.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newbury, Newmarket, Thirsk and Doncaster as well as jumps fixtures from Uttoxeter and Bangor.  Using prize money as the barometer, Newbury is the big meeting of the day with £750,000 on offer.  The Grade One Lockinge is the feature and Ryan Moore is aboard the favourite, Rhododendron (one of four O'Brien runners) although if Limato is fit and well, he could land this for Henry Candy.  Meanwhile, it is a big weekend in France with the French Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle being run at Auteuil.  There are no runners Pond House over the weekend, with many of the residents out enjoying the sunshine as you can see from the picture above.

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