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A cold start to the day with another white frost on the ground and temperatures just below freezing.  There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Doncaster and Huntingdon and all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  David has two runners today; Heure de Gloire who runs at Doncaster and Trusty Scout at Wolverhampton.  Heure de Gloire runs in the 3m handicap hurdle at 4.00pm.  She was a winner in France, but is yet to score in this country, albeit in some very competitive races over two miles.  She has dropped 5lbs since last time and whilst she needs to improve to figure, this new trip could bring about some improvement.  Philip Armson takes the ride and claims 7lbs off her back.

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There are three meetings taking place this weekend with a jumps card from Wetherby supported by a couple of all-weather flat cards from Southwell and Newcastle.  David has one runner today as Major Robinson (pictured above) makes the 267 mile journey to Wetherby to contest the 3m novices' handicap hurdle at 4.17pm.  The winner of a bumper in Ireland, he is yet to get his head in front over hurdles, although he has been running creditably of late and is now 4lbs lower than when beaten only 7 lengths at Exeter on his penultimate start, having looked the likeliest winner in the straight.  His stamina is not assured, but he travels well and has each-way claims under Tom Scudamore if getting home.

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Colder again this morning with temperatures dipping below freezing and a light frost on the ground, but at least it is dry for those working in the yard and riding out.  There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Catterick and Wincanton and all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Kempton.  Following the recent dry spell, the ground at the jumps tracks has become considerably quicker and the official going description at both Catterick and Wincanton are good (good to soft in places) and that has once again reflected in the field sizes with the former hosting a three runner race and the latter four and five runner races.

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A bit milder this morning and no ground frost which is a good thing, whilst the biting wind of the last few days has also calmed for now.  There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card at Leicester supported by all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Southwell.  With all due respect to the various tracks, it is another fairly nondescript day with little in the way of quality.  The best race in those terms is the 7f handicap at Southwell tonight at 6.00pm which is a 0-105 contest, although that has only attracted five runners to compete for the first prize of over £10,000.

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The stable enjoyed a nice winner over the weekend when Kingofthewest (pictured above) made a successful start to his career under rules in the 2m3f maiden hurdle at Taunton on Saturday.  Runner-up in his only previous start in an Irish point-to-point, he forged ahead in the closing stages under Fergus Gillard to deny the favourite.  This was a good first effort and he can only improve for the experience and he looks a nice prospect going forward.  Leoncavallo ran his usual honest race in the seniors' handicap hurdle, finishing a close third to make it six places from six starts this season.  He is as consistent as they come and deserves to land one of these nice prizes.  Remastered ran a solid fourth in the Grade 2 Peter Marsh at Haydock.

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There are two meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Warwick and Lingfield.  There is some good prize money up for grabs, especially at Lingfield, where it is the second day of their 'Winter Million' fixture.  David has two runners at Lingfield today; Crossing Lines and Little Red Lion (pictured above).  Crossing Lines contests the 2m7f novices' hurdle at 1.20pm.  The winner of a couple of Irish point-to-points, he shaped very well on his first start for 760 days when third at Chepstow earlier in the month.  He is fully entitled to have come on for that and this longer trip looks sure to suit.  This looks a hot race, with a number of promising types in the line-up, but it would not surprise to see him go well at a big price.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ascot, Haydock and Taunton and all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  David has seven runners today with Remastered contesting the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock and Kingofthewest, Kalzari, Leoncavallo, Nordic Combined, Ramses de Teillee and Miss M running at Taunton.

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