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Mon Aug 21
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Tue Aug 22
Newton Abbot
Wed Aug 23
Worcester

Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon and they are all on the level with the action coming from Carlisle, Wetherby, Windsor and Nottingham.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although we will have a runner at Royal Ascot tomorrow when Iniciar will contest the Ascot Stakes.  Talking of Royal Ascot it is looking like the Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien show - Moore is 1/3 to be top jockey while O'Brien is a 1/4 shot to be top trainer.  You are not going to get rich, even if you double them up.  It looks like the only conceivable challenge will come from the John Gosden team - he was top trainer at the meeting in 2012 and he looks to have a better squad than then, although he will need to have.

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Another victory for race planning (or not as the case may be)!  There are just two flat meetings taking place this afternoon with the action from Doncaster and Salisbury.  You would have thought that they could have put a couple of yesterday's fixtures (there were seven) on today to balance things out a bit...or maybe even have slotted in a jumps meeting or two.  At least Salisbury have some decent racing with a Listed contest scheduled for 3.45pm.  It looks as though everything is building towards the Royal meeting from Ascot which starts on Tuesday.  It looks as though David will have a runner in the Ascot Stakes, a race he won in the past with Junior.

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There is a bumper day of action ahead with no less than seven meetings taking place.  The flat action comes from York, Musselburgh, Sandown, Bath, Leicester and Lingfield while there is a jumps fixture from Hexham.  There are no runners from Pond House today.  Lingfield are today's wooden spoon winners with just £30,000 in prize money spread across their seven race card - in some of the races you get just £168 for finishing fourth...hardly enough to cover the transport unless you live next door to the track!  Talking of petrol, stable jockey Tom Scudamore travels all the way up to Hexham for a couple of outside rides and they are both going to be big prices.  It could prove an expensive day for him, let's hope that he is lucky.

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The stable was among the winners again yesterday as Purple 'N Gold prevailed under a good front-running ride from David Noonan, landing the 2m1 1/2f handicap chase under top weight by 1 1/2 lengths.  David set sensible fractions aboard our ever popular eight year old gelding and he jumped really well and kept responding willingly to his jockeys urgings.  I bet Keith, his owner has a sore head this morning - he would certainly have been celebrating last night.  Meanwhile, over at Uttoxeter Aldrin produced a reasonable first effort over timber, finishing third in the two mile novices' hurdle.  There is room for improvement in his jumping, but once that is ironed out he looks like a winner waiting to happen.

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The stable enjoyed a nice winner at Worcester yesterday afternoon when Three Star General was successful in the fixed brush maiden hurdle.  Having led off the home turn he looked set for second when odds-on favourite Burrows Lane breezed into the lead under champion jockey Richard Johnson and went 5 lenghts clear but Tom Scu continued to persevere and Three Star General stayed on strongly after the last to reel him back in and win a shade cosily.  This will have done his confidence the world of good and with a rating of 120 already on file, he is a useful horse for this time of year and he could defy a penalty while he could also benefit from a step-up in trip.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Haydock, Yarmouth, Hamilton and Kempton as well as a jumps card from Worcester.  David runs Tis What It Is, Three Star General and Baby Sherlock at Wocester, while Work contests the two mile handicap on the level at Kempton at 9.10pm.  Tis What It Is contests the conditional jockeys and amateur riders' race at 3.20pm - our four year old has only run once and shaped promisingly when third at Ffos Las.  He should have learned plenty from that experience and looks to hold each way claims at likely odds of around 10/1.  Meanwhile, Three Star General (pictured above) looks to have one to beat in the novices' hurdle at 4.20pm - the slight drop back in trip should not inconvenience and Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Salisbury, Yarmouth and Lingfield as well as a jumps fixture from Southwell.  The next runners from Pond House will come tomorrow when Work runs on the level at Kempton, while declarations are made this morning for tomorrow's jump meeting at Worcester where the stable has a few entries.

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