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The stable enjoyed it's 35th winner of the campaign when American Sniper (pictured above) ran out a most tenacious victor of the 2m maiden hurdle at Chepstow yesterday afternoon.  Making most of the running under Tom Scudamore, he looked to be a sitting duck as the short-priced favourite loomed up in the straight, but responding gamely and with some prodigious leaps, he was in front again after the last, going on to score by a length.  Runner-up in an Irish point and a couple of good ground bumpers, he clearly benefitted from a bit of cut in the ground and he is a nice prospect going forward.  We gave him a positive mention at a big price yesterday morning before the early favourite was withdrawn, so I hope a few of you were on.

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Following the abandonment of Nottingham's flat meeting, there are just three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Chepstow and Musselburgh and an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton.  It is a pity that Nottingham has fallen foul of the weather (currently waterlogged) as the ground really can't be soft enough for Main Fact, who was due to contest the 2m handicap.  Nevertheless, David still has a couple of runners at Chepstow, American Sniper and Bashful Kate.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Warwick, a flat fixture from Redcar and all-weather action from Southwell and Newcastle.  David has one runner today as Dindin (pictured above) contests the 2m4f conditional jockeys handicap chase at Warwick at 3.45pm.  A winner over course and distance from this mark earlier in the season, he has also finished a close second here, so clearly goes well at the track.  He has a couple of disappointing efforts to overcome, but he gets weight from all of his rivals and is no forlorn hope if producing one of his better efforts under Philip Armson.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Hereford and Plumpton and all-weather flat fixtures from Kempton and Wolverhampton.  David has two runners today, Barrier Peaks and Ya Know Yaseff, who both contest the 2m novices' hurdle at Hereford at 3.10pm.  The former showed ability when runner-up in a Chepstow bumper that has worked out well subsequently but was down the field after an absence at Newton Abbot a couple of weeks ago.  He is entitled to improve for that outing, but more is required to figure today.  Fergus Gillard takes the ride.

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There are two meetings taking place this afternoon with a couple of jumps cards from Carlisle and Huntingdon.  The best of the action comes from Carlisle where there is a very interesting intermediate chase at 2.30pm as well as a novices' limited handicap chase at 1.25pm.  There are some promising types on show with the likes of Bear Ghylls taking on Cheltenham Festival winner Corach Rambler, whilst Iron Bridge is defending an unbeaten record.

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We have had a bit of rain each day this week, but the temperatures remain incredibly mild for this time of year.  At 7am this morning the thermometer read 15°c which is amazing when you think that it's November next week.  Anyway, there are five meetings taking place this afternoon, with jumps cards from Ascot, Ayr and Wetherby, a flat fixture from Newmarket and all-weather action from Wolverhampton.  The pick of the action would appear to come from Wetherby, where they host the Bet365 Hurdle and Charlie Hall Chase, although with a couple of non-runners in the latter, course official will be praying for the forecast rain to arrive.  This will be the fourth clash between Ahoy Senor and Brvemansgame and it looks another fascinating encounter.

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The stable was among the winners again with Sidi Ismael (pictured above) running out a ready victor of the staying handicap chase at Worcester yesterday afternoon under an inspired ride from Tom Scudamore.  Scu used the 'Auteuil' or 'Willie Carson, Ascot' route by grabbing the outside rail for most of the journey where the ground was clearly better (tactics he employed again successfully later in the day to record a double).  Travelling strongly into the straight, he stayed on in very good fashion to win by 3¼ lengths on his seasonal debut.  A winner for the stable three times last season, including from a 5lbs higher mark over fences, he has the option to mix and match once again this term.  We gave him a positive each-way mention yesterday along with Kingofthewest, who ran a solid seasonal reappearance when third in the 2m4f handicap hurdle, so I hope a few of you backed them.

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