Horses for Sale

              Excellent Value              
4 year old gelding Buster Edwards.
Placed in an Irish point-to-point at the end of
May and open to plenty of improvement.  
Fit & ready to run.
Please click on the picture above for details

NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Mon Jul 24
Cartmel
Thu Jul 27
Worcester
Fri Jul 28
Uttoxeter

Cheltenham Festival 2018

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Entries & Recent Form

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.

Meanwhile, stable jockey Tom Scudamore has picked up some outside rides at Perth, a couple of which look to have solid chances.  He had better hope so, otherwise it could be a long (and expensive) journey!

I have said it a number of times before, but I still believe that the trainers' title should be decided by the number of winners trained rather than on prize money.  Just look at this season's flat championship - Aidan O'Brien has had just 14 winners in this country, but is over £2 million ahead of his nearest rival in the standings.  Meanwhile, the likes of Richard Fahey and Mark Johnston have both trained over 100 winners - without wishing to detract from the Irish supremo, surely all round excellence should be rewarded over targeted brilliance?

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Talking of money, no great revelation I know, but it seems to completely govern sport these days.  Just look at the football...Arsenal are playing on the other side of the world in Australia.  This can't be a good preparation for their new season.

What is wrong with former world number one golfer Rory McIlroy?  He seems to have completely lost his touch - he can't hit the fairways with his driver and his putting is terrible.  The Open will be his next tournament and I can't see him getting competitive in that based on his current form.  Maybe he is spending too long counting all the money from his endorsements and it is putting him off his golf?!

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I refused to believe that my road worker father was stealing from his job when I was growing up, but when I got home all the signs were there!  Keep smiling...

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