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Wed Jun 28
Worcester
Fri Jun 30
Cartmel
Sun Jul 02
Cartmel, Uttoxeter

Cheltenham Festival 2018

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Entries & Recent Form

The good form of the stable was maintained last week with a couple of winners over jumps taking our seasonal tally to 21, while the long journey up to Scotland was made worthwhile with the flat success of the incredible Impulsive American who was notching his eighth victory since joining the Pond House team. With some high profile entries for the week ahead these are certainly exciting times, so to find out more read on…

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Although it was a relatively quiet week on the racing front we still had plenty to keep us occupied with the small matter of our Owners’ Day to organise on Saturday followed by an assembly of local businessmen on Sunday. I am pleased to report that all went without a hitch, while we were also among the winners with the success of Iniciar (pictured above) at Worcester last Tuesday which extended our tenure at the top of the trainers’ table for another week.

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We had a great start to last week with a double on the Bank Holiday Monday card at Cartmel taking our seasonal tally to 18 winners and consolidating our lead at the top of the trainers’ championship at this early stage. With a number of other creditable performances during the remainder of the week it is encouraging to have the string in good order and building the foundations for the season ahead.

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 Owner William Frewen & the Prime Minister


Last week was fairly quiet for stable runners although we do have three at Cartmel this afternoon to kick things off this Bank Holiday Monday.  Father Edward and Dauphine Ereine make their stable debuts while Ennistown is looking to build on his good third at Newton Abbot last time.  All three are the mount of Tom Scu.  Tomorrow we have one runner at Worcester, Nice Thoughts in the maiden hurdle.  He was a good second at Ffos Las last time he ran and as actually gone up a few pounds in the handicap for standing in his stable since so hopefully he will prove worthy of his mark and run well.  We then have a few entries at the various meetings later this week, Newton Abbot and Southwell on Wednesday, Sedgefield on Thursday and then at the weekend there is Stratford on Saturday and Fontwell on Sunday.  There is one possible runner on the flat on Friday as well, Gabrial the Great at Ascot.  Keep checking Chester’s Daily Chat for more news of our runners throughout the week.

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I was pleased to be among the winners again last week with the successes of Skylander and For ‘N’ Against takings us onto sixteen for the current campaign and vaulting us into top-spot in the trainers’ table at this early stage of the season. With a number of other praiseworthy performances it is good to have the team in good order and helping to build a solid foundation for the months ahead.

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Jumping action has returned and it was nice to grab a winner at Worcester last week courtesy of Poisoned Berry winning the mare’s bumper.  She had shown good form previously for Fergal O’Brien and we purchased her in May so it was nice for her to win on her stable debut.  She was up there with the pace throughout and battled on gamely to hold off a well backed favourite.  She is not over big but has a good attitude which will stand her in good stead for the future.  She will go hurdling sooner rather than later.  For N Against also ran well at Worcester to finish second in the chase, he could be turned out again quickly and has an entry at Bangor on Friday.  The slight disappointment of the day was Citrus who was also making his Pond House debut.  Thankfully he seems fine since the race and I am sure we will see a much better performance next time, maybe on some softer ground as he does have some nice bumper form in France.

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            Ballynagour - On Holiday

We are nearly to the end of the first mini break in jumps racing with the action returning at Newton Abbot on Wednesday. There has been no runners from Pond House in the last week with nothing on the flat either but we do have entries to look forward to at our local Devon track and then at both Worcester and Stratford on Thursday.  Citrus is an interesting new recruit from the Arqana summer sale and he holds entries at all the meetings in the coming days.  Placed In a few French bumpers he has schooled well at home and I am looking forward to getting him on the track. Nice Thoughts and Rathealy are horses returning from a little break and again both horses have entries at all the meetings and I will be trying to pick the best races for them.  Lady of Longstone could run in the novice chase at Newton Abbot on Wednesday.  Our five times winning mare over hurdles last season made a pleasing start to her chasing career at Worcester last time to finish third and hopefully with that experience under her belt she can also run well. 

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I am just returning from a very few enjoyable days in the South of France with the family but I have been keeping up to date with all what has been going on and have been able to watch the action from Glorious Goodwood and the Galway Festival as well.

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Just the three runners last week but the admirable Purple’N Gold made sure that we were in the money courtesy of his close third in the valuable handicap chase at Uttoxeter on Sunday keeping us in third place in the trainers’ standings. He rarely disappoints and has now won or been placed in 29 of his 36 starts since joining us from a Kempton claimer – what a great buy he was!

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This is that frustrating time of year when there are scant opportunities for those horses in training, while hopes for the new season are on the rise with those that have been at grass returning from their holidays. Optimism for the new season builds to a crescendo from here on in and I for one can’t wait for the jumps season to kick into full swing!

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