NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

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

Entries & Recent Form

It is another chilly start to the day at Pond House.  There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newbury and Doncaster as well as all-weather flat cards from Southwell and Chelmsford City.  David does not have any runners today.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore heads to Newbury for just one ride, but what a ride it is...the return of Thistlecrack in the Grade 2 Long Distance hurdle at 3.00pm.  It looks like a thriller with Unowhatimeanharry in opposition, even though that one is not favoured by the weights.  The remainder of the card looks pretty exciting too, but if you are going make sure you wrap up - it is going to be cold!

According to official figures, more than 13 betting shops are closing every week.  I thought that bookmakers never lost, I guess the governing factors are the associated overheads.  I must admit, I am rather surprised as it seems to me that there are new shops popping up all the time - it is most likely the smaller chains and independents that are suffering.  I am told that if it were not for the gaming terminals in these shops there would be a lot more closures.  It never ceases to amaze me when I go into my local betting shop, how many people are sat feeding a fortune into these things...do they really think they can win in the long term?

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What a comeback from Tiger Woods yesterday in the Bahamas as he shot a 3 under par round of 69 which included 5 birdies.  It was his first tournament for 10 months and he seems to have shortened his swing considerably.  It was a great round (considering the bookies made him favourite to finish last of the 18 strong field), even so, he is still three shots behind leader Tommy Fleetwood.  Woods told Fleetwood to get his hair cut, although I don't think I would do it...you know what happened to Samson!  The course looks quite easy with plenty of good scores about.

What a job Sean Dyche is doing at Burnley.  They are sixth in the Premier League and are now even aiming at a place in Europe.  Remember, it is only five years ago that they had to sell Charlie Austin so they had enough money to pay the electricity bill.  I wonder how long they will be able to hold on to Sean Dyche?

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How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas?  Deep pan crisp and even!  Keep smiling...

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