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Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with all of the action once again coming on the flat from Ayr, Ffos Las, Windsor and Wolverhampton on the all-weather.  Juste Pour Nous finished third yesterday at Southwell - he does have the ability to win races over timber.  Meanwhile stable jockey Tom Scudamore made the long trip north to Perth worthwhile when he rode four winners - it was the first four timer of his career and at least it would have paid for his petrol so well done to him.  The eight hour trip to Perth would not have seemed anything like as bad on the way back - well done indeed!

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon and they are all over the sticks...go figure!  There were six flat meetings yesterday...why can't race planning mix things up a little better?  David has two runners today with Juste Pour Nous at Southwell and Father Edward at Stratford.  Juste Pour Nous has some fair placed form over timber to his name and a reproduction of that would give him every chance in this selling hurdle and David Noonan is in the saddle.  Over at Stratford, Father Edward (pictured above) has to carry top weight of 11-12 (less Michael Heard's claim) in the 2m6 1/2f handicap chase.  It is a competitive race (as it should be for £20,000) and he would need to improve on his more recent outings to figure - it does make me wonder why he has to shoulder such a burden.

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It's another day off for the jump jockeys!  Despite it being a bumper day with six meetings taking place there is no National Hunt racing this afternoon - the action on the level comes from Ascot, Chester, Hamilton, Newmarket, Salisbury and York.  There is a fantastic card at Newmarket with the feature, the highly anticipated July Cup in which the first two from Royal Ascot's Commonwealth Cup; Caravaggio and Harry Angel renew rivalry, Limato represents the older generation.  The O'Brien colt is unbeaten after six starts and looks to be the one they all have to beat again as they chase the £280,000 first prize for this Group One sprint.  Meanwhile, there is an impossible looking handicap for the Bunbury Cup at 3.25pm - I will have to sharpen my pin!

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Another glorious day and another day without any jump racing.  There are no fewer than six meetings taking place this afternoon but there is not a National Hunt fixture to be seen!  Today's action comes from Newmarket, York, Ascot, Musselburgh, Carlisle and Chepstow.  There is another good card from Newmarket for day two of their July Cup meeting - the highlight is the Group One Falmouth Stakes and it looks as though the prize is going back to Ireland courtesy of Roly Poly who is partnered by Ryan Moore.  I bet there are a few jockeys who would like to ride at Ascot today, but the trouble is that it is an afternoon card (the same as Newmarket).

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Newmarket, Carlisle, Doncaster, Epsom and Newbury.  Sadly, it is another blank day if you are a fan of the jumps.  Even so, David has a runner today as Tobacco Road contests thr 1m5f handicap at Newbury at 8.05pm.  He has to shoulder top weight of 10-1 and will need to improve on his last couple of starts to figure, although he ran well three starts back when a narrow runner-up at Chelmsford City.  Oisin Murphy is in the saddle.  There are sixteen runners and it looks to be a wide-open contest.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon and all of the action comes on the level with fixtures from Yarmouth, Catterick, Lingfield, Kempton and Bath.  David has a runner on the all-weather this evening as Vincent's Forever (pictured above) contests the 1m3f handicap at 8.25pm.  Our four year old has shown some fair form over hurdles without winning yet, but his last run on the flat yielded a win on this track in August 2016 and he runs from a 2lbs higher mark this evening.  It looks like a very open race and Adam Kirby is in the saddle.  Meanwhile, over at Lingfield, I see that they are offering a paltry £30,000 for their seven race card.

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This afternoon there are four meetings taking place with flat cards from Pontefract, Wolverhampton and Brighton while there is a jumps fixture from Uttoxeter.  David has one runner today as Lady Of Longstone contests the 2m4f mares' handicap hurdle.  She is set to carry 11-12 less regular rider Michael Heard's 5lbs claim.  She is attractively weighted on the best of her form but she has been disappointing of late.  The Post make her a 10/1 chance and if all eight runners stand their ground she could have each-way claims.

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