NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sun May 27
Fontwell, Kelso, Uttoxeter
Mon May 28
Cartmel, Huntingdon
Wed May 30
Cartmel, Warwick

Entries & Recent Form

There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Newbury and Sedgefield as well as a couple of all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Kempton.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although stable jockey Tom Scudamore travels to Newbury where he has picked up a couple of outside rides.  I was watching the racing yesterday and there were some horrendous results for backers, especially the 1/20 chance of Kerry Lee's that was turned over.  I wonder who bets at those sort of odds though?  In fact, it was a brutal 1/2 hour for odds-on backers that saw 4/5, 1/2, 4/9 and 1/20 chances all beaten.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ludlow and Chepstow and all-weather flat fixtures from Wolverhampton and Chelmsford City.  There are no runners from Pond House today, although stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up a few outside rides at Chepstow.  The stable had two runners at Chepstow yesterday and they both performed creditably to fill the places.  I thought that Garran City was going to win between the last two but he was collared close home to finish second, beaten a neck.  This former winning Irish pointer looks as though he wants a step-up in trip and will make a smashing staying chaser in time.  Meanwhile, Great Tempo showed his best form for a while when a close third in the handicap hurdle.  He looks as though his turn won't be far away judged on this...leave him alone Mr Handicapper!

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Amazingly it looks as though there is going to be a full programme of fixtures taking place this afternoon.  There are jumps fixtures from Haydock and Chepstow as well as all-weather flat meetings from Southwell and Kempton.  David has two runners this afternoon at Chepstow; Garran City and Great Tempo.  Garran City contests the 2m3½f maiden hurdle at 3.25pm having finished a very good third on his first outing for the stable after a considerable lay-off.  That effort should have put our former Irish point winner spot-on for this and he should go very well under Tom Scudamore (I notice the Racing Post have napped him).  Our other runner, Great Tempo goes in the 2m3½f handicap hurdle.  He is a big price in the Post this morning and has dropped considerably in the weights - we know he possesses ability, but he will need to show more than of late to figure here.

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There are two meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Wetherby and a flat card from Newcastle.  David has one runner this afternoon as Warthog (pictured above) takes in the three mile handicap hurdle at 3.40pm.  Our former Irish point-to-point winner has finished placed on three of his five starts and he starts off in handicap company from a mark of 127.  He could improve for this step-up in trip and pilot Tom Scudamore will be hoping that is the case as it is his only ride of the day.  Not the most pleasant of journeys for jockey or our box driver I am sure.

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What a great performance from Abracadabra Sivola (pictured above) to score at Kempton on Saturday.  I did say that he was well handicapped on the pick of his form, but he put in a beautiful round of jumping under David Noonan who gave him a well-judged ride from the front.  This was a very good performance under top weight of 11-12 and the prize money of almost £7,500 was handy too - let's hope that the handicapper doesn't stick him up too much.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Carlisle and Ffos Las.  We have three runners at Ffos Las; Great Tempo, Garran City and Saint John Henry.  Great Tempo contests the 2m conditional jockeys' race at 2.15pm and he would have to improve on the form he has show recently to figure.  He does have ability however and is a winner on heavy ground, so he should at least handle conditions better than most and could surprise a few under Michael Heard who claims a handy 3lbs off his back.  Flanagan's Field looks to be the one to beat.  Garran City produced a very good performance when a close third in a decent looking contest at Chepstow recently following a long absence and he should be spot-on for this 2m4f novices' hurdle.  He should go close under Tom Scudamore.  Saint John Henry runs in the 2m7f handicap chase and the form of his Chepstow success first time out would give him a chance although he needs to improve on his most recent efforts to figure.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Uttoxeter, Kempton and Fontwell as well as an all weather flat card from Wolverhampton.  Good as the racing is, it is a bit like after the Lord Mayor's Show - a bit anti-climactic compared to what has gone before.  We have one runner at Kempton this afternoon as Abracadabra Sivola (pictured above) contests the three mile staying handicap chase at 4.25pm.  Conditions should suit and there is no denying that he is on an appealing mark if he puts his best foot forward.  David Noonan gets on well with him and he has decent claims.  Meanwhile, stable jockey Tom Scudamore heads to Uttoxeter where he has picked up five outside rides.  The big race of the day is the Midlands National and that will be some test of stamina after the meeting passed an early morning inspection.

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