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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Warwick, a flat fixture from Beverley and all-weather action from Lingfield and Newcastle.  David has three runners at Warwick today, Al Roc, El Paso Wood (pictured above) and Dindin.  Al Roc is the first of those as he contests the 2m4f handicap chase at 3.35pm.  He is already four times a winner over fences this season and although he has been below that level most recently, he is back to his last winning mark.  It is a competitive litte race despite the small field and it would not be a surprise to see him outrun his odds under Tom Scudamore.

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We had a pair of third places to show for our two runners at Plumpton yesterday afternoon.  Borntobealeader finished third in the juvenile hurdle on his first start for the stable.  He has only been with us for three weeks and will have learned plenty from his first outing over jumps and can only improve for the experience.  As well as hurdling, he has the option of reverting to the flat as well.  Cadeau d'Or finished a close third in the 2m4½f handicap hurdle, seeing out this longer trip well.  He has run a number of creditable races since switching to hurdles and it would appear only a matter of time before he gets his head in front.

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We had a great day yesterday, welcoming the guests of National Racehorse Week to the stables, with over 150 people in attendance.  Our visitors were treated to a tour of the yard and demonstration of horses swimming, galloping and loose schooling as well as a parade of current and former horses, amongst other events.  It is the turn of the David Pipe Racing Club members today and we will look forward to welcoming them.  The visit is just one of the perks of membership to the club.

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We were out of luck yesterday at Newton Abbot with a second, third, fourth and fifth the yield from our four runners.  They all ran respectably on what was a competitive card.  d'Jango fared best, finishing runner-up in the staying handicap chase.  He is not the most fluent over fences but has stamina in abundance and he looks capable of winning again.  Ben Lilly was not beaten at all far into third in the conditional jockeys' staying handicap hurdle, a comment that also applies to Kolisi, who was fourth despite being badly hampered two out.  Ya Know Yaseff looks likely to benefit from a stiffer test of stamina in time.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Newton Abbot, flat fixtures from Newbury and Ayr and all-weather action from Kempton.  David has four runners today at Newton Abbot; Ben Lilly, Ya Know Yaseff, Kolisi (pictured above) and d'Jango.  Ben Lilly is the first of them as he contests the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at 1.35pm.  Running in the colours of the David Pipe Racing Club, he has shown consistent form since switching to hurdles, finishing in the frame on six of his seven starts.  Three times a winner on soft ground, this slightly slower surface could help and he should go well, although there are only two places for betting purposes.  Fergus Gillard rides.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon, but if you are a fan of the jumps you are out of luck.  There are flat fixtures from Ayr, Yarmouth and Pontefract, as well as all-weather action from Newcastle and Chelmsford City.  Unsurprisingly, there are no runners from the Pond House team today, although we will be back tomorrow with four runners at Newton Abbot.

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We had a narrow miss at Uttoxeter yesterday afternoon with Lady Reset a good second in the mares' handicap hurdle.  She stuck on in her usual game fashion having been under pressure from some way out and is a really admirable horse.  The winner is a potentially well-handicapped horse, being some 18lbs lower than her highest mark, so Lady Reset really lost little in defeat here and there are clearly more races in her over hurdles or back on the flat.  Red Happy ran okay in the 2m6f handicap chase but will be better suited by a more thorough test and returning to a right-handed track.

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