NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat May 26
Cartmel, Ffos Las
Sun May 27
Fontwell, Kelso, Uttoxeter
Mon May 28
Cartmel, Huntingdon

Entries & Recent Form

There is only one meeting left on today, an all-weather flat meeting at Southwell.  The two intended jumps meetings have both been abandoned.  We have had tremendous storms down here in the west-country overnight, lots of rain and high winds.  Eamon An Cnoic won nicely at Plumpton on bottomless ground yesterday.  He has to give away a lot of weight to his rivals and I thought it was a good performance.  He jumped well if a little right and he will be much better on a more galloping track.  This was his second win over fences and hopefully there is more to come over the larger obstacles.

Two jockeys who have been at Pond House also rode winners at Plumpton yesterday, Jamie Moore and Andrew Glassonbury.  Jamie has the strongest London accent you have heard, stronger than me even!  Star of the moment Bryony Frost got a two day ban for careless riding on Upham Running in an incident packed conditional jockeys handicap hurdle.  Tom Scu rode a double, he won the charity space hopper race!

Today you need to be a stayer at Southwell.  They have two flat races to be run over 2 miles and 2m2f.  As you can imagine there are quite a few jumps trainers with runners in these races.  Alan King could win with Coeur De Lion.  He has been disappointing over hurdles but his flat form is a lot better.

Chelsea won with a bit in hand against West Brom last night.  Chelsea's new boy Giroud was a bit in the wars.  He had a nasty bang on the back of his head which had to be bandaged up.  Then he nearly got his leg broken in a crunch tackle.  Hazard looked different class for Chelsea.  It looks to me like West Brom's days in the Premiership are numbered.  I wonder what will be manager Antonio Conte's next statement against the club?  I wonder why he is trying to get himself the sack?  Juventus play Spurs tonight in the first leg of the Champions League.  It will be a hard game for Spurs and Harry Kane in particular as I think they will knock him from pillar to post.  Juventus do like to put it about a bit.

Ben Stokes is in court in Bristol today.  He is going to plead not guilty and he hopes to get the all-clear so that he can fly straight out to New Zealand.  Let's hope the magistrate is a cricket fan!  

The great thing about gingerbread men is that each one is a new chance to bit somebody's head off!