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     Kingofthewest runs at Ffos Las Today

It is a busy day for the yard with three runners at Ffos Las and three runners at Taunton.  Fergus Gillard heads to the South Wales course to ride all three of our runners there and the first of these is Doyen La Lutte in the mares handicap hurdle at 1.35pm.  She was a good second at Wincanton on her penultimate start but was not at her best at Southwell last time.  We try first time blinkers this afternoon and if she repeats her Wincanton run she looks to have a good each way chance at about 9/1.  Kingofthewest is our second runner on the card in the 2.45pm handicap hurdle.  He is already a winner twice this season and has finished second and is returned to calmer waters this afternoon after he tackled Graded company at Sandown last time.  He is a lovely big chasing type for next season but I think there is scope for improvement of his current handicap rating of 118 and he should run well today.

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     Mr Tambourine Man Winner at Exeter

It was great to keep the ball rolling with another winner for the yard thanks to Mr Tambourine Man scoring at Exeter yesterday.  Our five year old was scoring for the first time in this country having previously won a hurdle in Ireland last year.  He was returning from a mini-break after not enjoying the winter ground on his last couple of starts and he really appreciated the quicker conditions yesterday.  The further the went the better he went and he jumped well bar a little mistake at the last but galloped on powerfully to the line under Tom Scu who actually eased him down a little towards the line to score by 12 lengths.  It was great for his owners, Brian and Sue Middleton who live locally and have been very patient with him.  I am sure there is now more to come from our son of Galileo through the summer and he could also mix jumping with some runs on the flat in the coming months as well.  This was winner number 37 for the yard and our seventh win from our last 19 runners, let's just hope we can keep our good form going until the end of the season.

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Today there are two jumps meetings at Southwell and Exeter and one flat meeting at Pontefract.  The stable has just the one runner at Exeter, Mr Tambourine Man in the novices handicap hurdle over 2m5f at 3.35pm.  He returns from a mini break as he wasn't enjoying the deep winter ground when last seen in action and he will appreciate the quicker conditions this afternoon.  He has been running consistently prior to that and deserves to get his head in front for the first time over hurdles in this country.  His rating as come down and he restarts from the right end of the weights and we are hopeful of a good run with Tom Scu in the saddle.  This looks to be Tom Scu's only ride of the ride of the day while Fergus Gillard and Philip Armson are also both in action at our local track.

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          Kolisi - Winner at Hereford

It was great yesterday that Kolisi got his head in front for the first time over hurdles at Hereford with Tom Scu in the saddle.  Our four year old appreciated the better ground and this was his first run after a wind operation and both factors were key to an improved performance.  Tom Scu cut every corner and he travelled and jumped really well before hitting the front approaching the last.  He did not do a lot once he got to the front on the run in. pricking his ears, but he was always doing enough and it was a nice performance.  He wore headgear on the flat when trained by William Haggas and this maybe something we think about over hurdles in the future.  He is entered again at Taunton on Thursday and we will see how he is in the next couple of days before deciding if he runs here or not.  There should be more to come from this young horse and that will have done his confidence the world of good.  He is likely to have a run or two on the flat as well in the coming months.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Hereford and Plumpton and not for the first time, there is a dearth of runners on a Sunday, with the largest field on Plumpton's seven race card just seven. The best of the action comes on the other side of the Irish Sea where Fairyhouse hosts a card that features a pair of Grade 2 contests as well as a couple of Listed races.

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The stable was amongst the winners again when Duc de Beauchene landed the 2m6½f handicap chase at Newbury yesterday to give us an April Fool's Day success.  Given a patient ride by Tom Scudamore, he delivered a steady challenge in the straight and leading at the last, he just held on in a bobbing finish.  This was a good performance from our nine year old on ground that would have been plenty quick enough for him.  He really shouldn't go up to much in the weights for this narrow victory, so hopefully he can go in again if David can find some suitable ground for him.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Leicester, Newbury and Ayr as well as an all-weather flat card from Southwell.  David has three runners at Newbury today; Paricolor, Duc de Beauchene and Grangeclare Glory.  Paricolor is the first of those as he contests the 3m handicap hurdle at 3.40pm.  A tough and consistent individual, he won from a 2lbs lower mark at Bangor on his penultimate start and whilst this is tougher, he should give a good account once again with Philip Armson taking 7lbs off his back.

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