Entries & Recent Form


Although unable to land a winner yesterday, there were still some good performances.  Meep Meep Mag was not beaten at all far into fourth on her hurdling debut after an absence of 497 days.  She jumped well and stuck to her task in the closing stages.  She would certainly have benefitted from a stronger gallop, but this was a promising first effort nonetheless and she is entitled to come on for this.  Mr Clarkson was second in the 2m7f handicap hurdle, doing everything but win the race.  He looked sure to win as he scooted clear off the home turn, but was just reeled in by the favourite in the closing stages.  This was another good performance from our nine year old, conceding weight away all round and he certainly deserves to get his head in front again.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Huntingdon and Worcester a flat fixture from Chester and an all-weather flat fixture from Chelmsford City.  David has three runners today at Worcester; Meep Meep Mag, Mr Clarkson and Lady Reset.  Meep Meep Mag (pictured above) is the first of our runners as she contests the 2m4f mares' maiden hurdle at 3.05pm.  The winner of an Irish point-to-point and a bumper, she is a tough little mare who has a tremendous attitude.  She is returning from an absence of 497 days but she is in good form at home, we know she jumps and stays and looks to have decent claims under David Noonan.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newton Abbot, Kelso and Fontwell as well as a flat meeting from Chester and an all-weather card from Kempton.  David has four runners today with To Fly Free (pictured above) representing the David Pipe Racing Club at Newton Abbot and Dock Of The Bay, Percy Street and Doyen La Lutte at Fontwell.  To Fly Free contests the mares' handicap hurdle at 4.40pm.  She was a winner last season at Fakenham (form that has worked out well) and was placed on several occasions.  She is yet to prove her stamina over 2m2½f but this sharp track should certainly help and she will like the prevailing good ground so she certainly has each-way claims.  Jack Tudor is in the saddle and is excellent value for his 3lbs claim.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ayr, Fakenham and Southwell as well as all-weather flat cards from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  David has four runners today; Maggies Mogul and Barrier Peaks at Ayr and Thanksforthehelp and Sans Logique at Southwell.  Maggies Mogul contests the mares' novices' hurdle at 3.30pm.  She was the winner of a point-to-point in Ireland and showed promise in a bumper that has worked out well.  She has been a little disappointing over hurdles but has had a wind operation since her last start and this better ground could suit.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle and she is not without a chance.  Barrier Peaks is our other runner at the Scottish track and he contests the concluding bumper at 5.10pm.  He produced a good debut effort in a race that has worked out well at Chepstow before disappointing last time.  A reproduction of that first effort would give him every chance under Tom Scu.

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The long trip up to Hexham on Saturday evening certainly proved worthwhile with two winners and a second from our four runners at the northern track.  Paricolor, five times a winner last season, got our season off to the best possible start, our first winner scoring in decisive fashion.  Nordic Combined doubled our tally when bolting up in the 2m handicap hurdle later on the card, giving members of the David Pipe Racing Club a real thrill.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Newmarket, Salisbury and Wincanton.  Of course, following the colts yesterday, the big race of the day is the 1,000 Guineas, the mile Classic for three year old fillies.  There is a hot favourite in the shape of Santa Barbara who comes here on the back of a maiden win at the Curragh last September.  The form of that contest is a long way short of what is ordinarily required to win a race of this nature, but the vibes from Ballydoyle would appear to be very strong so she must be burning up the gallops and could easily be a superstar.

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There is plenty to look forward to today.  It is 2,000 Guineas day at Newmarket, the final day of the Punchestown Festival and there are four runners for the yard at Hexham!  Aside from that, there are flat meetings from Goodwood, Thirsk and Doncaster as well as a jumps fixture from Uttoxeter.  David runs Paricolor, First Lord de Cuet, Elan de Balme and Nordic Combined at the northern track.  Paricolor is the first of them as he contests the 2m selling hurdle at 5.20pm.  He had a great season last term, winning on five occasions and he has already beaten several of these rivals previously (including the next three in the betting) and despite the revised weights, he is reliable and should give his running once again.  Fergus Gillard gets on well with him and he looks to have a good chance.

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