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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newton Abbot and Southwell, a flat card from Newmarket and an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  David has two runners today; Home Farm House and Shoot To Fame.  Home Farm House contests the 2m5½f mares' maiden hurdle at 2.20pm.  She was the winner of a point-to-point in Ireland and shaped encouragingly in an all-weather bumper but has been a little disappointing in two starts over hurdles to date.  This better ground may help and she could run creditably with Tom Scudamore aboard.

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It has been a cold and wet start to the morning, although there isn't enough rain to make a noticeable difference to the ground, although I'm sure it will be coming!  Following on from the Grand National meeting of last week, there are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Huntingdon and flat fixtures from Windsor and Redcar and an all-weather card from Wolverhampton.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today, although we will be back with runners at Newton Abbot tomorrow.

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There are three jumps cards taking place this afternoon, with the action coming from Warwick, Kelso and Plumpton.  There are plenty of runners at Warwick and Kelso, although the lively ground conditions at Plumpton are probably responsible for the smaller field sizes.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today.  Meanwhile, over in Ireland there is a very good card from Leopardstown where they are hosting Guineas Trials Day.  The flat really does follow hot on the heels of the jumps with the Grand National from Aintree only taking place yesterday.

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There may be five meetings taking place this afternoon, but let's be honest, all eyes will be on Aintree as it is Grand National Day!  Aside from Liverpool, there is jump racing from Chepstow and Newcastle and all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  David has one runner at Aintree today and it is course specialist Vieux Lion Rouge (pictured above) in the big race at 5.15pm.  Our incredible twelve year old will be contesting his fifth National and will be aiming to add to his amazing total of 223 National fences jumped without incident (that includes five completions (and two successes!) in the Becher Chase).  Conor O'Farrell is in the saddle and looks sure to get an exhilarating ride.  So long as he returns home safely, anything after that is a bonus.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Aintree and Sedgefield as well as a flat card from Leicester and an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton.  Today is the second day of the Grand National meeting from Aintree and David has one runner; Leoncavallo (pictured above) who contests the 2m½f conditional jockeys' and amateur riders' handicap hurdle at 5.15pm.  He finished an excellent sixth in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival last time out, seemingly not quite getting up the hill.  The drop back to this trip should prove no inconvenience and he is 2lbs lower this afternoon.  Fergus Gillard is very good value for his 5lbs and he looks to have solid each-way claims.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Aintree and Taunton and an all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  Today marks the first day of the Grand National meeting from Liverpool and David has two runners on the card, contesting the first two Grade One races - they are Umbrigado and Adagio.  Umbrigado (pictured above) contests the Manifesto novices' chase at 1.45pm - it is a 2m4f race featuring some of the best novices' in the country.  There is little to choose between most of the field and Umbrigado is a progressive sort, having won his last three starts over fences, including an ultra-competitive Grade 3 handicap at Newbury last time.  He is fully effective at the trip and on the ground and fully deserves his place in the line-up.  An exciting mount for David Noonan.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Lingfield, Catterick and Nottingham and an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  Surprisingly, on the eve of the Grand National fixture from Aintree, there are no jumps meetings taking place today.  Unsurprisingly, there are no runners from the Pond House team today, although we will be back tomorrow when Umbrigado and Adagio will be in Grade One action at Aintree.

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