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There are three meetings taking place on these shores today with jumps cards from Cartmel and Uttoxeter and a flat fixture from Windsor.  It is incredible to think that Cartmel can go ahead without any problems having been abandoned just 48 hours ago due to torrential rain.  For all that the meetings over here are competitive, the pick of the action comes from Ireland where the Curragh hosts a flat card that features a Group 1 and two Group 2 races.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Newmarket, Chester, Windsor and Doncaster as well as an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  It's a blank day if you are a fan of the jumps, although we still have a runner today as Lady Reset (pictured above) contests the 1m2f fillies' handicap at Doncaster at 7.45pm.  She was a winner last time out and the runner-up has scored subsequently.  She has a good strike rate on the level and is partnered by Royal Ascot winning jockey Laura Pearson who takes a handy 5lbs off her back.  This is a tougher assignment than last time, but she remains 2lbs below her highest winning mark and her prospects will continue to improve if the ground dries throughout the day.

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There is a busy day ahead with no less than six meetings taking place on these shores today.  The action comes from Yarmouth, Doncaster, Newmarket and Chester on the level, Newcastle on the all-weather and Cartmel over the sticks.  Incredibly, the meeting at Cartmel, despite good ground is subject to an early morning inspection owing to torrential downpours.  With the meeting in some doubt, it is good news that there are no runners from the Pond House team today.  Indeed, our next runner will come on the level at Donny tomorrow.  Let's hope they have missed the worst of the weather!

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If you are a fan of the jumps I'm afraid you are out of luck today.  There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Nottingham, Newmarket, Leicester and Hamilton whilst there is an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today, although we do need to declare this morning by 10am for Saturday's cards.  I hope a few of you heeded my advice yesterday by taking on the favourite for the big race at Carlisle, Cloudy Dawn.  She had a fair bit to find on her first attempt at Listed company and did not help herself by racing too freely.  This was only her third outing and can improve for the experience.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Worcester, flat meetings from Salisbury, Carlisle and Bath and an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton.  It is pretty moderate fare on the whole today, although the big race of the day, the Listed Eternal Stakes at Carlisle looks a competitive affair.  The unbeaten favourite, Cloudy Dawn looks plenty short enough for me, bearing in mind she was only winning a handicap from a mark of 80 last time and has a tough task strictly on official figures.  There is also an interesting contest over in Ireland as the Naas Oaks Trial takes place.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today.

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Pick Up The Pieces (pictured above) provided the stable with another winner yesterday when landing the bumper at Newton Abbot in very good style.  Making all the running under a positive ride from Tom Scudamore, he showed a willing attitude in the straight when challenged and was always doing enough to hold off the runner-up who had already shown ability on its previous start.  He was conceding 10lbs to the second and the pair were well clear of the remainder so this was clearly a promising start from our six year old. He was bred by his owner William Harrison-Allan and he was giving us our seventh success of the new campaign and it is good to see the horses continue in good form.

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It was a good weekend for the stable with a win and a second from our only two runners at Worcester yesterday.  Veiled Secret (pictured above) made a winning debut for the yard when getting up in the closing stages of the 2m4f handicap hurdle under a good ride from Fergus Gillard.  It was the horses' first win since 2019 and a great start for owners, Clan McNeil.  There is a bit of room for improvement in his jumping and hopefully he can progress again.  Ranco also produced a better effort when runner-up in the novices' handicap hurdle, leading at the last before being headed by the winner on the run-in and he should be getting his head in front over timber sooner rather than later.

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