NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

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

Entries & Recent Form

There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Huntingdon and Sedgefield.  David does not have any runners today but stable jockey Tom Scudamore makes the long journey north to ride at Sedgefield and he appears to have picked up some nice mounts.  Meanwhile, there is an excellent card over in Ireland at Leopardstown - it looks like a day of for Gordon Elliott as he only has two runners...I wonder what he will do with himself for the remainder of the meeting?!

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Doncaster, Newbury and Kelso while there are all-weather fixtures from Lingfield and Newcastle.  David has one runner at both Doncaster and Newbury today with Taws contesting the Listed mares' novices' hurdle at Doncaster at 3pm and Shotavodka in the oldies race at Newbury.  Taws finished an excellent second to Finian's Oscar last time and while she has to improve again on that bare form, she should improve for the longer trip and is not without hope under Daryl Jacob.  Meanwhile, stable jockey Tom Scudamore heads to Newbury for the mount aboard old favourite Shotavodka in the veteran's handicap chase.  He is pictured above winning the race last year and is only 1lb higher this time around - true, he is another year older but he retains all of his enthusiasm and ran a good race when third over timber on his penultimate start.  A repeat of that effort would see him go well.  David also has a rare runner on the all-weather as Juste Pour Nous makes his debut for the stable at Lingfield with Dougie Costello in the saddle.

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The stable was back among the winners yesterday when Perspicace landed the seller at Taunton.  He ran out the ready winner under Michael Heard and was bought back in at the subsequent auction.  This represented a drop in class and he did look different geat to the rest of the field - he should be up to winning more sellers or claimers.  This type of race gives horses who are badly handicapped a good opportunity to get back to winning ways, they also provide opportunities for trainers to pick up a bargain and furthermore they also generate revenue for the racecourse...it still baffles me why they don't have more of them.  Meanwhile, The Two Amigos also ran well to finish runner-up in the concluding novices' handicap hurdle and it should not be long before he is winning.

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Today we have four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ludlow and Taunton as well as all-weather flat cards from Newcastle and Chelmsford City.  David runs Perspicace, Father Edward and The Two Amigos at our local track Taunton.  Perspicace runs in the 2.00pm race; a selling hurdle and this represents a big drop in class for our six year old gelding.  Michael Heard is in the saddle and takes a handy 5lbs off his back and a reproduction of any of his better for would see him win.  Father Edward contests the novices' limited handicap chase at 3.35pm and David Noonan is aboard.  Our eight year old was a ready winner on his debut for the stable at Cartmel but has been a little below that form in two subsequent outings and would need to improve to land this.  The Two Amigos runs in the novices' handicap hurdle at 5.15pm and I thought he ran a promising race last time.  As an Irish point winner he should stay this longer trip and looks to have decent prospects under Tom Scudamore.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Wincanton, Musselburgh and Ffos Las while there is an all-weather flat card from Newcastle.  David has runners at Wincanton and Ffos Las today with Arkadios and Instagram representing the yard at Wincanton and Batavir and Duc de Beauchene at Ffos Las.  Arkadios will need to improve on what he has shown thus far to figure, while Instagram returns after a lay-off.  He was a winner over hurdles in France and a mark of 115 does not look out of the way, although he is entitled to improve for the outing.  Batavir (pictured above) carries top weight of 11-12 in the handicap chase less David Noonan's 3lbs claim - a clear round should see him go close.  Our final runner of the day is newcomer Duc de Beauchene in the bumper - he is a nice type and we will know more about him after today.

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There are just three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Leicester and Catterick as well as an all-weather flat card from Lingfield.  David has no runners today and Tom Scu takes the day off having made the journey north pay with a winner at Ayr yesterday aboard Kilbree Chief for Lucinda Russell.  It was a driving finish with Scu prevailing by a head and thus covering his petrol money. Kilbree Chief was winning the race for the second year.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ayr and Plumpton while there is also an all-weather flat meeting from Wolverhampton.  David does not have any runners today but stable jockey Tom Scudamore travels all the way up to Ayr where he has picked up some outside rides.  I thought that Gevrey Chambertin was running a good race when unseating Tom in the Eider Chase at Newcastle on Saturday - he was certainly in with every chance at the time and I think he would have finished in the frame at the very least.  He is not the easiest horse to catch right but he is clearly in good order at this time so let's hope that this experience does not diminish his enthusiasm...it sounds as though I am talking through my pocket!

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