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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Catterick, an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle and jumps meetings from Bangor and Chepstow.  David has one runner today as Jewari Of Saints (pictured above) contests the 2m3½f handicap hurdle at Chepstow at 4.50pm.  The wide-margin winner of a claimer at Dieppe on her penultimate start, she was below-par on her British debut at Worcester but hopefully a wind operation in the interim will bring about an improved performance today.  A reproduction of her French form would give her each-way chances at a decent price with Philip Armson in the saddle.

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We were out of luck over the weekend but there were some decent performances, with Panic Attack faring best of our runners, finishing a close fourth in the Pertemps qualifier at Cheltenham on Saturday, seeing out the longer trip well and proving that she doesn't have to have a flat track to perform.  Dell' Arca was far from disgraced on his first start since May at Aintree yesterday.  The winner of the race did score easily, but Dell' Arca was not beaten far by those filling the places and he was trying to concede 33lbs to the victor.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon, but they are both over the sticks with the action coming from Aintree and Wincanton.  They look to be decent cards too and David is represented by Dell' Arca at Aintree, whilst Miss M contests the charity race at Wincanton.  Dell' Arca (pictured above) runs in the Pertemps qualifier at Aintree over three miles at 1.50pm.  He actually won the race last season from a 3lbs lower mark and whilst he is another year older, he remains as enthusiastic as ever.  He clearly likes the course and distance, whilst the prevailing good ground should not be an inconvenience.  It is a very competitive race and he has to give weight to all of his rivals, but he should give a good account once again.  Fergus Gillard is in the saddle and claims 3lbs off his back.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Cheltenham and Kelso, flat fixtures from Doncaster and Newbury and an all-weather card from Chelmsford City.  David has three runners today; one on the flat at Newbury and a couple at Cheltenham.  Nordic Combined is the first of them as he contests the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at Cheltenham at 1.45pm.  A winner at Hexham in May, he remains 6lbs higher than that mark so more is required.  He has gone well here in the past though and it would be no surprise to see him thereabouts again under Fergus Gillard.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Cheltenham, flat cards from Doncaster and Newbury and an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  It is great to be back at Cheltenham for their season opening meeting and David has two runners at the home of jumps racing; Siruh du Lac and Elan de Balme, whilst Flammarion competes on the flat at Newbury.  Siruh du Lac (pictured above) makes his seasonal reappearance back over timber in the 3m novices' hurdle at 3.05pm.  A Cheltenham Festival winner over fences, he has had just one run for the stable when unlucky to unseat in the Paddy Power Gold Cup last year.  He shapes as though he will enjoy this longer trip and should be thereabouts with Tom Scudamore in the saddle.  He is an exciting horse for the season ahead.

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                       ***UPDATE***
                    ONEONECHOP N/R
                       Newton Abbot

There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ludlow, Newton Abbot and Carlisle, whilst there is an all-weather flat card from Wolverhampton.  The good news is that after a precautionary inspection, Newton Abbot gets the go ahead to race, although conditions will be very testing with the ground currently described as heavy.  We had 35mm of rain overnight and 21mm the day previous.  The winter ground has definitely arrived at Newton Abbot, although at Ludlow the going is officially good (and watered!).

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Newmarket, an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton and jumps cards from Worcester and Fontwell today.  David has two runners today; Mr Tambourine Man and Nabvutika, who both run at Worcester.  Mr Tambourine Man (pictured above, courtesy of Jon Partridge) contests the 2m4f Fixed Brush novices' handicap hurdle final at 3.58pm having finished runner-up in one of the qualifiers.  He is 2lbs higher today and this is tougher again, but he shouldn't mind the easing ground and looks to have each-way claims in an open race.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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