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Cheltenham Festival 2018

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newmarket, Ascot, Redcar and Wolverhampton, while there is a jumps fixture from Fontwell.  David has one runner today as Purple 'N Gold takes in the 2m2f handicap chase at Fontwell at 3.40pm.  He has won from higher marks than his current rating of 122 (including at this track in June, pictured above) although he will need to improve on his most recent efforts to score here.  He wouldn't want any more rain, but even so he is handicapped to go well and could reward each way support at odds of around 16/1.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

There are some excellent cards on the level today - just look at the 3.50pm at Newmarket.  It is the Tattersalls 6f auction stakes for two year old's and the prize money of £150,000 has attracted 30 runners.  I think the bookmakers should let you have three goes at picking a winner in this race and make you pay for only one!  It looks a ridiculously open contest and there may well be an improver or two hidden away in there somewhere.

There is a good article all about David in today's Racing Post.  It looks back at last season, focuses on the season ahead and also the work that has been going on behind the scenes at Pond House...well worth a look.

Many happy returns to training legend Jack Berry who is 80 today.  Since retiring Jack has worked tirelessly for his charities including The House That Jack Built...he once sold me a brick to one of his buildings so he must be a good fundraiser!  Happy birthday Jack, we hope you have a great day.

One of our former conditional jockey's, Rory MacNeice was in the headlines again earlier this week when he helped to get Nicola Currie's ban reduced.  Rory is the man everyone in racing turns to when they are in trouble.  Fortunately for all of us, he is a much better solicitor than he was jockey!  I had better watch what I say, otherwise he won't be buying me a drink at the Cheltenham Festival.

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I see that Jonjo Shelvey has broken his wrist.  Football is a hard game - the trouble is, he did it trying to break up a fight in the training ground between Jamaal Lacelles and Mo Diame...it is a shame they do not put as much fight into their play.

Talking of football, I see that Wayne Rooney was painting some park benches yesterday as part of his penalty for his boozy night out...I bet it is the first proper day's work he has ever done!

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Thought for the day...If time is money, I must be running out of time!

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