NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Fri Apr 20
Ayr, Fontwell, Southwell
Sat Apr 21
Ayr, Bangor
Sun Apr 22
Stratford, Wincanton

Entries & Recent Form

There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card at Plumpton supported by an all-weather flat card from Newcastle.  David has one runner this afternoon as Miss Tynte contests the novices' hurdle at 12.30pm.  She has shown plenty of promise in bumpers and shaped nicely on her first start over timber when fourth at Taunton last time out.  The ground is going to be bottomless, but if she handles that she could go well.  Stable jockey Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.  David Noonan is also at the meeting and has picked up a couple of nice outside rides.  Meanwhile, there is a very good fixture from Naas in Ireland with a Grade One on the card, while even the bumper is worth £10,500.  Why is it that the prize money always seems better overseas?

The Racing Post have been reporting about betting shops of late and I wouldn't be at all surprised that if in the near future there are no more bookies on the High Street.  All of my mates (yes, the few that I do have before you say it!) do their betting on-line.  There used to be five bookmakers in the town of Brixham and now there is only one.  I was in a bookies in Torquay the other day and I remain astounded by the roulette machines in there.  They are now in booths so others can't see how much they are gambling - if it weren't for these machines, I am sure plenty of other shops would be closed already.

Someone asked me back along if it would be a good idea to give the connections of runners appearance money and I am pleased to see that such a scheme is going to be put into place for a number of races during the forthcoming year.  Hopefully it will encourage owners to run and will help some of the less-supported races become more competitive.

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There are quite a few FA Cup matches taking place this afternoon with Shrewsbury taking on my beloved West Ham.  You can back the Hammers at even money and (perhaps foolishly!) that looks reasonable value to me.  I wonder what the answer would be if you asked the managers if they would rather win the FA Cup or remain in the Premiership?  I know the directors of the clubs would say the Premiership as it is worth more money to them.

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What is the hardest thing about learning to ride a horse?  The ground!  (and I should know).

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