Entries & Recent Form

So today marks the first day of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and David has two runners in the 3m6f NH Chase; Remastered and Eden du Houx and he looks to have a decent chance too.  This is the race that is normally reserved for amateur riders although with only elite sports allowed in this country it is now open to professional jockeys only.  It is sure to be a thorough test and none of the runners have proven their stamina at this sort of distance as yet.  Remastered (pictured above) has been in fine form this season, winning all three of his starts over fences, including the Grade 2 Rendlesham Chase at Ascot last time.  He stays well, jumps well and looks to have a good chance under Tom Scudamore, any further rain would only aid his chance.  Our other runner is Eden du Houx and whilst he is a big price, he was a Listed bumper winner with a touch of class and it would be no surprise to see him outrun his odds under David Noonan.

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Well, the waiting is nearly over!  It is Cheltenham week and the runners for Tuesday have already been declared, but before then we have today's racing to deal with.  There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Stratford, Plumpton and Taunton as well as an all-weather flat card from Wolverhampton.  David has four runners today; two at Plumpton and two at Taunton.

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Following the abandonment of Bangor this afternoon, we are left with just two meetings with a jumps card from Warwick and an all-weather flat fixture from Lingfield.  David has one runner today; Poker Play who contests the 3m2f handicap hurdle at Warwick at 4.15pm.  He has been in good form of late, finishing second at Plumpton and ran a solid third at Chepstow last time.  Conditions should suit, although the more rain, the better his chances.  Fergus Gillard is in the saddle and is excellent value for his 5lbs claim and Poker Play looks to have each-way claims once again.

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                      ***UPDATE***
Unfortunately, owing to an accident on the M5
  we are stuck in traffic and will be unable to
     make it to Sandown in time afternoon

The stable enjoyed another great day yesterday with a double courtesy of Gericault Roque and Sexy Lot at Sandown.  The pair were given lovely rides by conditional jockey Fergus Gillard who was also riding the first double of his young career.  Gericault Roque stayed on in fine style down the stands' side in the straight on this drop back to two miles, coming clear as he met the rising ground.  He is already smart but looks like the type who will continue to improve with time.  Whilst the galloping track was far more suitable than Fakenham last time, he looks like he will be even better going left-handed on a testing track.

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The stable enjoyed another nice winner yesterday afternoon when Neon Moon landed the 2m4f maiden hurdle at Wincanton.  Our five year old gelding was winning his first start over timber having shown promise in a bumper and hurdle race since joining the Pond House team.  He moved into contention at the end of the back straight on the final circuit, travelling better than he had done at any point in the race, before grinding out victory in the straight.  The longer trip certainly helped to bring about some improvement and he seemed to handle the rain softened ground.  He was still showing a few signs of inexperience and can improve further and rates another nice prospect for his owners Brocade Racing.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Carlisle and Wincanton as well as a couple of all-weather flat fixtures from Newcastle and Southwell.  David has two runners today; Neon Moon at Wincanton and Sans Logique on the flat at Newcastle.  Neon Moon (pictured above) contests the 2m4f maiden hurdle at Wincanton at 4.00pm.  The winner of a point-to-point in Ireland he has shown promise in one bumper start and one run over timber so far, with the form of both races working out well.  Conditions should suit and the favourite has a long absence to overcome, so Neon Moon looks to have a decent chance under Tom Scudamore.

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Above: Nordic Combined makes his debut in
 the David Pipe Racing Club colours today

There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Fontwell and Catterick whilst there are two all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Kempton.  David has one runner today as Nordic Combined makes his debut for the David Pipe Racing Club at Fontwell in the 1.30pm race.  Nordic is a talented individual, although he does have the odd quirk and consequently doesn't win as often as he might.  Even so, he put up a good performance when bolting up at Taunton last season from a 1lb lower mark (with favourite Mount Windsor 13 lengths behind) and he has obvious claims on that form.  The favourite has improved since then to win his last three starts but as a result we are 18lbs better off.  Fergus Gillard is in the saddle and takes 5lbs off his back and Nordic Combined looks to have a good chance, especially if there is significant rain.

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