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Aside from the obvious sporting highlight of England versus Italy in the final of the Euro's this evening, there are race fixtures from Salisbury, Stratford and Perth.  After a few days without National Hunt action, it is great to be back with a couple of jumps fixtures.  David has two runners today, a couple of stable debutants; Oneonechop who runs at Stratford over hurdles and Mr Tambourine Man on the level at Salisbury.  Oneonechop (pictured above) makes his debut for the stable and over jumps in the juvenile hurdle at 2.03pm.  The winner of six races at up to a mile on the flat in France, he has a touch of class and has schooled very well at home.  He has to prove that he will stay this trip but the sharp nature of the track and prevailing good ground should help.  Looks to have a good chance with Tom Scudamore aboard.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Newmarket, York, Ascot, Chester and Hamilton.  The big race of the day is the July Cup at Newmarket 4.25pm.  It is a Group 1 contest over six furlongs and it has drawn a very competitive field of 19 runners and there is precious little between them on official figures.  Last year's winner Oxted cones here in good form having won the King's Stand at Royal Ascot last time.  He should get his optimum conditions today and provided not too much rain gets into the ground, he looks sure to go well again.  There are plenty of potential dangers in the line-up including a host of improving three year old's.

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Another day without any jumps and once again I am getting withdrawal symptoms!  Nevermind, there are five meetings taking place this afternoon and the good news is that the action comes from Ascot, Newmarket York, Chester and Chepstow.  The big race of the day is the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket at 3.35pm.  It is a 1m contest for fillies' and mares' and the best of the classic generation take on the older horses.  Mother Earth was very good in the 1,000 Guineas back in May, but there looked to be no fluke about Alcohol Free's success at Royal Ascot and she may well have improved past those that were in front of her that day.  She looks a worthy favourite to me under champion jockey Oisin Murphy.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Carlisle, Doncaster, Newmarket, Epsom and Newbury.  Today is the start of the July Cup meeting at Newmarket and they have some great racing in store with three Group races and a Listed contest on the card.  The big race of the day is the Group 2 Prince of Wales's Stakes at 3.35pm and it features a short-priced favourite in Al Aasy.  He is a worthy jolly, although these small fields can sometimes throw up funny results.  The July Stakes at 2.25pm is also a Group 2 for two year old's and features a number of Royal Ascot runners.  Eldrickjones was runner-up in the Coventry despite a troubled passage and he could go one better this afternoon.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Lingfield, Catterick, Yarmouth and Bath as well as an all-weather fixture from Kempton.  If you are a fan of the jumps, I am afraid you are out of luck - until the weekend at least when there will be jumps from Stratford and Perth on Sunday.  This is the time of the year when the racing calendar becomes quite disjointed with a few blank days here and there but nothing sufficient to give anyone a meaningful break.  Today looks a little like the famine before the feast as the July Cup meeting from Newmarket gets underway tomorrow with three Group races and a Listed contest on their card.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps meeting from Uttoxeter and flat fixtures from Pontefract and Brighton and an all-weather flat card from Wolverhampton.  The best of the action comes from Ponty today with their card featuring a Listed fillies' stakes as well as a 0-105 handicap.  A number of the competitors for the Listed contest at 3.00pm featured prominently at Royal Ascot, however, I will be siding with one who finished a bit further down the field.  Agincourt blew the start in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes but still did well to get into contention and providing she gets away on terms today, she will do for me.

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It was not to be for Lady Reset in her bid for a hat-trick on the flat at Beverley on Saturday afternoon, our five year old mare finishing a close third in the 1m2f handicap.  The ground, which was officially good/firm in the morning had changed to good/soft by her race owing to the persistent rain and this certainly wouldn't have aided her chances under Grace McEntee.  Even so, she performed creditably and there is no reason why she can't remain competitive on better ground on the level, whilst she also has the options of returning to hurdles at a later date.

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