Entries & Recent Form

David was on the mark at Newton Abbot yesterday courtesy of the novices' hurdle success of Flammarion.  Purchased from the Doncaster sales in May, he showed improved form to finish runner-up on the level at Ffos Las on his debut for the Pond House team and this was an even better start to his hurdling career.  Jumping well in the main, he made smooth progress from the rear of the field entering the home turn and taking control between the last two, he quickly put the race to bed on the flat under a well-timed ride from Tom Scudamore.  I was especially pleased for his enthusiastic owners, The Willpower Partnership, who were on hand to great their winner.  Our other runner, Mr Tambourine Man also ran well to finish a close second in the 2m5½f handicap hurdle, again looking as though he would stay further still.  His turn does not look far away.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Hamilton and Bath, an all-weather flat meeting from Newcastle and a jumps fixture from Newton Abbot.  David has two runners at Newton Abbot today; Flammarion and Mr Tambourine Man.  Flammarion contests the 2m½f novices' hurdle at 1.30pm.  A new addition to the team over the summer, he produced a good debut effort for the stable when runner-up on the flat at Ffos Las in August.  He is yet to run over hurdles but has schooled well at home.  He has plenty of ability and has a chance, although there are only two places for betting purposes.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Epsom and Ffos Las.  The pick of the action today is the 0-95 handicap at Ffos Las where the winner collects £7,700.  Not exactly ground breaking news, but if you compare the prize money on these shores with the class 5 race at Sha Tin today (contested by horses rated between 24 and 40), that is worth a shade under £42,000, well, you get my drift!

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Haydock, Newmarket, Chester and Ripon, an all-weather flat card from Chelmsford City and a jumps card from Market Rasen.  The pick of the action today comes from Newmarket where there are a trio of Group races headed by two Group One's for juveniles.  The Cheveley Park looks a red-hot renewal with the Irish raider, Sacred Bridge a worthy favourite following a facile success in Group 3 company last time.  However, the progressive Zain Claudette could be better value at an each-way price.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Haydock, Newmarket and York, an all-weather flat card from Newcastle and a jumps fixture from Worcester.  David has two runners this afternoon as Iron Heart and Oneonechop contest the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at Worcester at 5.07pm.  Iron Heart (pictured above) will be ridden by Fergus Gillard, who was aboard when scoring at Newbury last season.  He remains 3lbs higher than that mark but conditions should suit and he has each-way claims.  Our other runner is Oneonechop who will be the first mount for the stable for Philip Armson.  Oneonechop has some reasonable form in the book, including when runner-up from this mark at Newton Abbot on his penultimate start.  He was disappointing last time but if reproducing his best, he also has each-way chances in an open contest.

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      Siruh Du Lac's View of the Gallops

Yesterday was the first official day of autumn, know as the Autumn Equinox and what a lovely day it was here at Pond House.  Pictured above is the view of one of our barn leaders, Ali Gallier-Pratt aboard Siruh Du Lac first lot yesterday - what a view!  It is also fantastic to have Siruh Du Lac back in training and we can't wait to get him back on the track.  He had one start for us last November when he and Tom Scu unfortunately parted company at the first fence at Cheltenham after which he sustained an injury at home and was not able to run again.  He has recovered well and is a very exciting prospect for the season ahead, already a Cheltenham Festival winner he has huge talent and is likely to be running in a lot of top handicap chases while there could be more to come when he steps up in trip to three miles.

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It is another lovely start to the morning at Pond House, the nights are much colder and we have some heavy dew's but it promises to be another gorgeous sunny day ahead.  There are no stable runners today but there is jumping action up at Perth plus three flat meetings at Goodwood, Redcar and Kempton.  In Ireland the action continues from the Listowel festival with some competitive looking races.  As is often the case up in Scotland, the Irish look to have strong chances in a few of the races at Perth, which is day one of a two day meeting.  Tom Scudamore goes up there for just the one ride but it is a good one!  He rides the favourite in the 3.35pm handicap chase, Roi De Dubai for John McConnell.  It looks a tricky little race despite only five runners but after winning at Cartmel when last seen in action, Tom Scu looks to have a good chance of grabbing a winner.

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