Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There are just two meetings today, a flat card at Goodwood and a jumps card at Chepstow.  Tom Scu has two rides at Chepstow, Elegant Escape and Fear Clic.  With the ground at Chestow desribed as good to soft there shouldn't be too many non-runners and there looks to be some good races.  I have just been looking at the card in Ireland at Cork.  They have some good prize money on offer, where do they get it from?  Maybe we could get some ideas for over here at our racecourses?!  Prize money is even better at Naas with a 120,00 Euros two year old auction race.  They have over 200,000 Euros up for grabs over the entire card.

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 Friday Night Light runs in the Cesarewitch

There are five meetings today, flat cards at Kempton, Newmarket and York plus two jump cards at Chepstow and Hexham.  David has one runner in the 3.40pm at Newmarket, the 34 runner Cesarewitch over 2m2f.  It is a four year old called Friday Night Light who carries 8st 7lb and good jockey Ted Durcan rides.  He is a winner and has some placed form in France but this is his first run in the UK.  It does however look like a very hard race to sort out and he is 40/1 in the betting.  They go 8/1 the field and there are some jumps trainers with runners and I think one of them should win it but I'm not saying which one!  Both Tom Scu and David Noonan have rides at Chepstow over the sticks. 

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I hope a few of you had a look at our website yesterday - you will have noticed that I said our winner Bambi du Noyer (pictured above) had place claims...well, he far exceeded those expectations with an 11 length success at Exeter yesterday at the rewarding odds of 10/1.  The blinkers certainly seemed to help wake him up, while conditional jockey Michael Heard gave him an excellent ride.  If he can repeat that sort of form he could well follow-up.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Exeter and Worcester while there are also a couple of flat cards from Chelmsford City and Ayr (who passed an early morning inspection).  I was very pleased to see the Scottish track get the go ahead following the abandonment of their entire Ayr Gold Cup three day fixture recently.  David has runners at both jumps fixtures today - we will start at Exeter where Aero Majestic contests the novices' hurdle over 2m2½f at 2.10pm.  He has some fair placed form to his name and will appreciate this staff track, although he would need to improve again to land this under David Noonan. Mister Drifter contests the second division of the novices' hurdle at 2.45pm and while he has run respectably in bumpers and over hurdles, he will need to improve on what he has done so far to figure.  David Noonan is in the saddle.  Bambi du Noyer contests the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at 5.20pm and he will be partnered by Michael Heard who claims 3lbs off his back.  He has plenty of winning form on all types of ground and has place claims if returning to his best.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Nottingham and Kempton as well as two (yes, two!) jumps cards from Ludlow and Towcester.  Ludlow have done an excellent job securing the most prize money of any fixture this afternoon with a healthy £75,000 up for grabs.  David has one runner this afternoon as Skilful Lord takes in the two mile maiden hurdle at 1.55pm.  He has had one run over timber to date at Newton Abbot in the summer and he can only improve for that experience.  Having said that, he will need to show more than he did on that occasion.  Tom Scudamore rides.

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Another day with no jumps meetings so today we have four flat cards from Leicester, Catterick, Brighton and Newcastle.  Brighton get the wooden spoon today with just £31,000 in prize money up for grabs across their seven race card.  In one of those races you would pick up a miserly £192.40 for finishing fourth and unless your horse was stabled next door to the racecourse, it wouldn't even cover your expenses never mind buy you a round of drinks at the bar!

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Today is a flat day with five meetings taking place, all on the level.  The action comes from Pontefract, Salisbury, Windsor, Musselburgh and Kempton.  There were two jumps cards yesterday...am I the only one who thinks that the lack of balance is ridiculous?  Owing to work commitments most people can only go racing over the weekend, yet there were only two meetings yesterday under the same code.  Surely we need to be trying to appeal to as broad a range of people as possible?

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