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Heure de Gloire N/R Fontwell 5.00pm

There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newton Abbot, Kelso and Fontwell, a flat card from Chester and an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton.  David has three runners today; Romain de Senam at Newton Abbot and Heure de Gloire and Ben Lillly at Fontwell.  Romain de Senam runs in the 3m2f handicap chase at 4.00pm and he finished an excellent runner-up in a similar contest at Uttoxeter on Saturday and is 4lbs 'well-in' compared to future handicaps.  David Noonan retains the ride and he looks to have a good chance if this race does not come too soon.

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         Guy Cunningham's Funeral Today

Today the stable has two runners in the Norfolk National at Fakenham, 4.15pm race.  Red Happy carries top weight with Philip Armson on board while Abaya Du Mathan carries 11st 8lb and is number 8 in the race card with Fergus Gillard in the saddle.  Both horses have been in great form of late, Red Happy winning three of his last four starts and finishing second at Ludlow last time.  Those recent runs have been over a much shorter trip than he tackles this afternoon but he did run well in the Devon National over this distance at Exeter.  The ground was much softer that day and he ran really well before not quite seeing out the final couple of furlongs.  It is a much sharper track and better ground today so it gives him every chance of staying today.  Our five year old remains in great form at home despite a busy spell and hopefully he has a good each way chance in this.

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It's not your typical Bank Holiday Monday with five meetings taking place this afternoon.  The action comes from Bath, Beverley and Windsor on the flat and Kempton and Warwick over the jumps.  David has two runners today; Lady Reset at Kempton and Iron Heart (pictured above) at Warwick.  Lady Reset contests the 2m mares' handicap hurdle at 4.30pm and she just does not know how to run a bad race.  A good second on her first start back from a break at Newton Abbot last time, she is on the same mark today.  There are several progressive types in the line-up, but she should give her running once again under Tom Scudamore.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Newmarket, Hamilton and Salisbury.  It is 1,000 Guineas day at Newmarket and there is an open-looking race in store at 3.40pm.  If I was given a fiver to have a bet, I would probably side with French challenger, Malavath.  She proved her stamina when runner-up in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in America in November and also her ability to handle a quick surface.  The excellent Christophe Soumillon is in the saddle and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him land his first British Classic success.

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There is a busy day ahead with six meetings taking place.  The action comes from Newmarket, Thirsk, Goodwood and Doncaster on the flat and Uttoxeter and Hexham over the sticks.  Meanwhile, it is the final day of the Punchestown Festival today and David has runners at the three jumps cards.  Kotki and Romain de Senam run at Uttoxeter, Paricolor and Koi Dodville at Hexham and Duc de Beauchene (pictured above) at Punchestown.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Newmarket and Goodwood, all-weather meetings from Wolverhampton and Newcastle and the jumps are back with the Hunter Chase meeting from Cheltenham.  Meanwhile, over in Ireland, it is day four of the Punchestown Festival and David has a runner as Adagio (pictured above) takes on the mighty Honeysuckle in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle at 5.25pm.

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Thanksforthehelp ran well to finish third in the 2m3f conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival yesterday afternoon, our five year old gelding beaten only 2½ lengths under Shane Fitzgerald on his handicap debut.  He looked likely to go close to winning but a couple of awkward landings in the closing stages meant that he was always playing catch-up.  The times suggested that the watered ground was quite testing, but he acquitted himself very well and is a nice prospect for next season and beyond.  There are sure to be plenty of races to be won with him judged on this evidence.

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