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We have had another chilly start to the morning with temperatures at -2ºc driving in.  Amazingly we have had no meaningful rain at the yard since 27th March and that has shown up in the ground at some of the racecourses.  There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ayr, Fontwell and Exeter and flat cards from Newbury and Bath.  Despite watering the course, the ground at Exeter is good/firm, whilst Bath (who do not have the luxury of watering facilities) is currently good/firm (firm in places) so it is unsurprising that there are some fairly small fields today.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today.

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Nordic Combined (pictured above) gave the members of the David Pipe Racing Club a thrill when runner-up at Cheltenham yesterday afternoon in the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle.  He travelled well until making a mistake three out, but was soon back in contention under Fergus Gillard and was probably in front too soon after the melee at the penultimate hurdle.  He kept on well for a clear second but could not reel in the progressive winner on the run-in.  Even so, this was another good run from our seven year old gelding and he has picked up some decent prize money on his last couple of starts and provided the racing club was some tremendous excitement.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Cheltenham, flat fixtures from Newmarket and Beverley and an all-weather card from Kempton.  David has one runner today as Nordic Combined (pictured above) runs in the 2m1f conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at 5pm for the David Pipe Racing Club.  He ran an excellent race to finish runner-up in the two mile Challenger series final at Haydock last time out and runs from the same mark today.  He was also in the process of running a big race at Cheltenham in December when impeded by a faller at the last.  Regular rider Fergus Gillard is in the saddle once again and he looks to have decent each-way claims in a competitive contest.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newton Abbot and Southwell, a flat card from Newmarket and an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  David has two runners today; Home Farm House and Shoot To Fame.  Home Farm House contests the 2m5½f mares' maiden hurdle at 2.20pm.  She was the winner of a point-to-point in Ireland and shaped encouragingly in an all-weather bumper but has been a little disappointing in two starts over hurdles to date.  This better ground may help and she could run creditably with Tom Scudamore aboard.

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It has been a cold and wet start to the morning, although there isn't enough rain to make a noticeable difference to the ground, although I'm sure it will be coming!  Following on from the Grand National meeting of last week, there are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Huntingdon and flat fixtures from Windsor and Redcar and an all-weather card from Wolverhampton.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today, although we will be back with runners at Newton Abbot tomorrow.

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There are three jumps cards taking place this afternoon, with the action coming from Warwick, Kelso and Plumpton.  There are plenty of runners at Warwick and Kelso, although the lively ground conditions at Plumpton are probably responsible for the smaller field sizes.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today.  Meanwhile, over in Ireland there is a very good card from Leopardstown where they are hosting Guineas Trials Day.  The flat really does follow hot on the heels of the jumps with the Grand National from Aintree only taking place yesterday.

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There may be five meetings taking place this afternoon, but let's be honest, all eyes will be on Aintree as it is Grand National Day!  Aside from Liverpool, there is jump racing from Chepstow and Newcastle and all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  David has one runner at Aintree today and it is course specialist Vieux Lion Rouge (pictured above) in the big race at 5.15pm.  Our incredible twelve year old will be contesting his fifth National and will be aiming to add to his amazing total of 223 National fences jumped without incident (that includes five completions (and two successes!) in the Becher Chase).  Conor O'Farrell is in the saddle and looks sure to get an exhilarating ride.  So long as he returns home safely, anything after that is a bonus.

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