Entries & Recent Form

Ranco ran a decent race at Wolverhampton yesterday evening, narrowly missing the placings in the 1m4f flat handicap but belying his odds of 40/1.  He was on the receiving end of some bumping and barging at the start and was forced to come wide into the straight but this was another step forward and he is clearly capable of winning something similar.  Sans Logique broke well and held a good position throughout but weakened in the straight.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps fixtures from Wincanton, Fontwell and Stratford, whilst there is an all-weather flat fixture from Wolverhampton.  David has two runners today as both Ranco and Sans Logique contest the 1m4f flat handicap at Wolverhampton at 5.20pm.  Ranco took a step in the right direction last time, finishing fourth behind a couple of useful sorts.  He travelled well that day but was caught in a pocket on the home bend.  Callum Hutchinson is on board and claims a useful 7lbs off his back.  Sans Logique also produced a better effort last time when third at Southwell last time and he is 4lbs lower this afternoon.  Dougie Costello takes the ride and it would be no surprise to see either of our runners outrun their big prices.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ascot and Carlisle and a flat card at Doncaster.  David has one runner at Ascot today; Iron Heart who contests the 1m7½f juvenile handicap hurdle at 2.45pm.  He put up a good effort to win at Newbury last time, skipping clear of his rivals only to idle on the run-in to score by a diminishing margin.  I think he was value for more than the winning distance that day and the form has been franked with the third home scoring since.  Winning rider Fergus Gillard is in the saddle again and takes 5lbs off his back and he looks to have a good chance.  With over £15,000 up for grabs to the winner, these juvenile handicaps are very valuable and offer a good opportunity for the youngsters to land a nice prize.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Kelso and Newbury, whilst the flat returns to the turf today with the opening meeting of the season from Doncaster and a couple of all-weather flat fixtures from Kempton and Wolverhampton.  Add to that the World Cup meeting from Dubai and we have an exciting day of action ahead.  The big race of the day on these shores is the Lincoln handicap over a mile on the Town Moor track.  It is a wide-open race with the market dominated by unexposed four year old's.  The only trouble is, many are having their first run of the season and you don't know how much they have progressed during their winter breaks.  If I had to pick one here it would be Eastern World.  He has already confirmed himself in good order with victory in Dubai and is 3lbs ahead of the handicapper under his penalty.  He is partnered by the excellent James Doyle.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newbury and Musselburgh and all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Newcastle.  We have had a damp start to the day with a bit of rain just what was needed to help ease the ground a little.  It is amazing how quickly it all dries out given a few days without rain.  The flat turf season gets underway tomorrow with Doncaster's Lincoln meeting taking place.  How quickly has that come around?!

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action coming from Chepstow, Ludlow and Sedgefield.  Chepstow looks like a competitive card, although there is a dearth of runners at the other two jumps meetings with them mustering just one double digit field apiece.  Meanwhile, over in Ireland there is just one meeting from Cork and apart from a 5 runner field and an 11 runner contest, every one of the other six races has at least 14 runners.  Lessons to learn anyone? 

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We drew a blank yesterday afternoon with our best result of the day a second courtesy of Pond House newcomer Heure de Gloire.  She ran an encouraging first race for the team in the juvenile fillies' novices' hurdle at Huntingdon, sticking on in good style under Fergus Gillard having been headed at the penultimate hurdle.  Conceding a penalty to the winner (who had been tried in Listed company on her debut), she actually came out the best horse at the weights and will certainly have benefitted for the experience.  Given the manner in which she stuck to her task, a stiffer test of stamina could prove helpful and she can win plenty of races based on this evidence.

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