Entries & Recent Form

Ocean Heights ran a race full of promise at Kempton last night, finishing a close second in the 1m3½f novices' stakes.  It is a shame he swung a bit wide in the straight, allowing the eventual winner up the inside but he kept on extremely well in the closing stages to harry the favourite all the way to the line.  With £399,000 the difference between the pair the last time they went through the sales ring, I think I know where the value lies!  Ocean Heights was bought with hurdling in mind, but there are certainly races to be won with him on the flat on this evidence.  Our other runner yesterday, Olympe de Gouges was unplaced in the maiden at Wolverhampton but having only her second ever start, the experience will not be lost on her.

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There was a good winner for the stable at Newton Abbot yesterday when Grangeclare Glory (pictured above) ran out the winner of the 2m5½f handicap hurdle under Tom Scudamore.  Always travelling well behind the leaders, he took it up three from home and was still upsides when left clear by the fall of the favourite at the penultimate hurdle.  Another good jump at the last sealed matters and it is great to get his head in front for Professor Tisdall.  Ramses de Teillee also produced a decent first effort of the season, finishing third in the staying handicap hurdle.  The ground was probably a little too lively for him and the tight nature of the track would not have played to his strengths, but he still picked up some reasonable prize money and he is entitled to progress for this first outing since March.

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There are two meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat fixture from Goodwood and a jumps card from Newton Abbot.  David has two runners; Ramses de Teillee (pictured above) and Grangeclare Glory who both run at Newton Abbot.  Ramses de Teillee makes his seasonal reappearance in the 3m2f handicap hurdle at 2.02pm.  Our popular grey did well to win over fences at Cheltenham last season from a 2lbs higher mark than this and he will enjoy the prevailing soft ground.  He has to concede weight away all round and looks to have each-way claims under Tom Scudamore.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Newmarket and York, an all-weather flat card from Chelmsford City and jumps fixtures from Hexham and Chepstow.  The best of the action comes from Newmarket where it is Dewhurst day.  The Group 1 seven furlong contest for two year old colts often decides who will be crowned champion juvenile and whist not an original shout, Native Trail has looked an absolute beast in three starts for the Godolphin team, winning at the top level last time by 3½l and I would be very surprised if he lost his unbeaten record here.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Newmarket and York, an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle and a jumps card from Chepstow.  Today signals the traditional start to the core part of the jumps season, with Chepstow's fist meeting of the new campaign.  David has one runner today as tremendously popular Vieux Lion Rouge (pictured above) contests the veteran's handicap chase at 2.10pm.  Owned by Professor Caroline Tisdall and John Gent, I am sure the Professor would love to win the race that she is sponsoring on the card.  Vieux Lion Rouge was a very impressive winner of the Becher last season and our 12 year old seems to be in good form at home.  He won this race in 2019 and a reproduction of that sort of performance would give him every chance here under Tom Scudamore, although drying ground would be a concern.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat fixture from Ayr, an all-weather flat card from Chelmsford City and jumps cards from Exeter and Worcester.  David has three runners today as Nabvutika, Paricolor and Major Robinson all run at Exeter.  The first of them is Nabvutika, who runs in the 2m½f mares' maiden hurdle at 1.55pm.  She had some fair form on the flat and certainly won't mind the prevailing ground.  She has schooled nicely at home and would have a small each-way chance with Fergus Gillard taking 3lbs off her back.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Nottingham, an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton and two jumps fixtures from Ludlow and Sedgefield.  David has one runner today as Oneonechop contests the juvenile hurdle at Ludlow at 1.00pm.  A six time winner on the flat in France at up to a mile, he has taken well to hurdling, finishing in the frame in all bar one of his six starts over timber.  He was disappointing last time, but the ground was softer than advertised that day and if he bounces back to his best he would have each-way claims under Fergus Gillard.

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