NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat Apr 21
Ayr, Bangor
Sun Apr 22
Stratford, Wincanton
Mon Apr 23
Hexham, Newton Abbot, Sedgefield

Entries & Recent Form

There are just three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Aintree and Sedgefield as well as a flat card from Kempton.  David has two runners at Aintree on the second day of their Grand National fixture; Eamon An Cnoic and Rathlin Rose.  Eamon An Cnoic (pictured above) runs in the 1.45pm race, a 2m4f handicap hurdle with 20 runners.  The Post make us a 12/1 chance following two wins over fences and a very creditable ninth at Cheltenham last time in a race where he clearly did not get the trip.  This distance should suit better and the ground cannot be soft enough for him, while the switch back to hurdles should not inconvenience.  With only 10-8 on his back, he looks to have solid claims under Tom Scudamore.  Rathlin Rose contests the Topham Chase at 4.05pm.  It is a fiercely competitive handicap chase over 2m5f of the Grand National track.  Rathlin Rose has been in good form this season, winning twice.  He travels well so the drop back in trip should not be a problem and he is another with place claims.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Aintree and Taunton as well as flat fixtures from Southwell and Chelmsford City.  It is the start of the Grand National meeting from Aintree and the stable has a runner in the 4.40pm race as King's Socks contests the 2m handicap chase.  As you would expect, it is a fiercely competitive field with 16 runners, but King's Socks looks to have leading claims having run very well over further at the Cheltenham Festival.  He has 10-13 to carry and stable jockey Tom Scudamore is on board - he had some very good form in France and looks set for a big run here.  The ground looks set to be very testing.

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         Above: Rathlin Rose and Vieux Lion Rouge
                school over our National fences

At the moment we have three meetings taking place this afternoon with all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Kempton as well as a jumps fixture from Market Rasen.  I say at the moment, because it just has not stopped raining and I cannot believe that anything other than an all-weather fixture can get the green light!  Having said that, I am not aware of any planned inspections at Market Rasen, so let's hope that it goes ahead.  The going on the Grand National is now soft with heavy patches at the Canal Turn.  If the rain continues (it is forecast to dry up a bit) the ground could be heavy all the way round and you will need an out and out stayer.

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It was a good day for the stable yesterday afternoon with an across the card double courtesy of Miss Tynte at Ludlow and Timeforben at Kempton.  Miss Tynte bolted up at Ludlow under David Noonan.  She certainly looked to be helped by the first time blinkers and the step up in trip.  She is in again later in the week and would only have a 6lbs penalty - it will be interesting to see what the trainer does with her, but she certainly looks to be on the upgrade now.  Over at Kempton, Timeforben showed a tenacious attitude to hold on in a close finish under Daryl Jacob.  It was a decent looking race with plenty of winners behind her and Daryl Jacob thinks she will be even better on a sounder surface, something that is backed up by her good ground Irish point-to-point success.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon and the good news is that there are no inspections planned!  Three of the meetings are over the sticks at Ludlow, Wincanton and Kempton and David has runners at each fixture.  Meanwhile there is an all-weather flat card from Wolverhampton.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore heads to Wincanton where he partners Dusky Hercules (pictured above) in the bumper at 5.25pm.  Our four year old is making his racecourse debut so everything is going to be brand new to him.  This half-brother to Black Hercules goes nicely at home but we will know more about him after today.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon, both over the sticks at Carlisle and Exeter.  David has two runners today as Mister Drifter contests the 2m7f handicap hurdle at Exeter at 4.10pm and Martabot goes in the 2m5½f handicap hurdle at 4.40pm.  It is going to be very testing on top of Haldon Hill with two hurdles being omitted.  Mister Drifter looks long on stamina so that should play to his strengths, although he does look to have enough weight for what he has achieved so far.  A repeat of his third at Taunton on his penultimate start would give Martabot a squeak, although it is to be seen how this longer trip on testing ground will suit.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Kelso, Uttoxeter and Fakenham and flat fixtures from Kempton and Wolverhampton.  David has two runners today at Uttoxeter; I'm Always Trying in the 2m7½f handicap hurdle at 4.15pm and Saint John Henry in the staying handicap chase at 4.50pm.  I'm Always Trying finished runner-up to Springtown Lake, who wasn't disgraced at the Cheltenham Festival next time out, although he doesn't look thrown-in from an opening mark of 109 and would probably need to improve on what he has done so far in a competitive little race.  Saint John Henry (pictured above) is something of an enigma - he won first time out at Chepstow this season, form that has worked out exceptionally well although he has struggled since.  He is undeniably well-treated from a 6lbs lower mark and a resurgence is not beyond possibility, although you would not be confident.

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