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Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Perth and Exeter, while there are flat cards from Epsom, Catterick and Lingfield and over in Ireland it is day two of the Punchestown Festival.  Tom Scudamore has picked up a couple of outside rides at Exeter today as he remains in search of his seasonal century.  He still needs three winners with four days remaining of the campaign...it is going to be close!

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jump cards from Ludlow and Hexham as well as flat cards from Yarmouth, Brighton and Wolverhampton.  Meanwhile there is the final big Spring Festival as the Punchestown meeting gets underway in Ireland.  Tom Scudamore heads to Ludlow for just one outside ride today and he is still on the 97 winner mark for the season.  His mount, Very Extravagant is napped by the Racing Post - with his most recent form figures reading 'PF' I am sure Tom will be hoping that his jumping is not very extravagant!

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Today we have five meetings taking place with flat cards from Kempton, Pontefract, Windsor and Lingfield as well as a jumps fixture from Warwick. David has two runners at Warwick this afternoon; Chic Theatre and Herbert Park. Chic Theatre contests the 2m3f handicap hurdle at 2.20pm - he was a winner at Market Rasen from a mark of 115 so today's mark of 119 does not look out of the question, while this slight drop in trip could also help. Meanwhile, Herbert Park runs in the 3m5f handicap chase and he has the ability to be involved and will appreciate the good ground. Tom Scudamore is aboard both of our runners.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Stratford, Wetherby and Wincanton. With the ground currently riding good/firm at Wincanton there are unsurprisingly some very small fields and if I were looking to go racing today I would be heading up to Stratford where at least they have some competitive racing to enjoy.  You would think that in this day and age somebody would have come up with a better watering system to keep the ground safe.  It wasn't so long ago that there was jump racing on the all-weather - perhaps the surface could be improved so that it was viable once again.  It would certainly help to improve field sizes, so long as it is safe.  Anyway, I digress - David does not have any runners today.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ayr and Bangor while there are flat cards from Newbury, Nottingham, Thirsk and Wolverhampton.  David has two runners this afternoon; Father Edward (pictured above) and Gone Too Far who both contest the four mile Scottish Grand National from Ayr at 3.55pm.  There are thirty runners and our pair are 66/1 chances so will need to run personal bests to figure - conditional jockey Michael Heard rides Gone Too Far while David Noonan is aboard Father Edward.  Father Edward was not at all disgraced in the Topham at Aintree last time, finishing a never-nearer ninth having been impeded a couple of times early on.

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We may not have been on the scoreboard on the main card at Cheltenham yesterday but we did not leave the Prestbury course empty handed after landing the charity race with Three Star General under a canny ride from former employee Ben Moore. The pair bided their time as the front runners went off very hard and coming with a well-timed ride, he scored a shade cosily for delighted owners Stuart Mercer and James Igoe - it just goes to show that a winner at Cheltenham is very special indeed.  Ben, who rode a couple of winners for Martin was helping to raise money for Bob Champion's Cancer Trust and Hannah's Willberry Wonderpony cancer charity - causes very close to his heart as he has had a cancerous tumour removed, while his daughter is currently fighting leukemia.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Cheltenham and Taunton while there is flat action from Newmarket, Ripon and Lingfield. David runs Mr Clarkson and Father Edward at Cheltenham as well as Three Star General in the charity race. Mr Clarkson (pictured above) has been a superstar for his owners the Pipe's Prospectors an he contests the tight little three mile handicap hurdle at 4.20pm - our five year old steps up in trip having stayed on well over 2m4f at Sedgefield last time. He was second to Finian's Oscar over three miles in an Irish point-to-point so hopefully this will be within his compass. David Noonan has been aboard for all four of his successes and he keeps the ride today.

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