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It is a frosty start here at Pond House, but not as cold as some places have reached.  It is currently -1c at 7.30am and while there is frost on the car windscreens the ground is okay here at the yard.  The ground is also okay at nearby Taunton and racing goes ahead there with no problems while unfortunately Warwick has been abandoned.  Their temperatures dropped to -7.4c overnight there and I think it was an easy decision for them to abandon racing at 7am this morning, they did not need to wait for their scheduled 8am check!  We were due to have one runner at Warwick today, Panic Attack so she will now enjoy a normal exercise day at home for her and we will have to look for another race for her.

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         Jilaijone Winner at Fontwell

It was terrific to have an nice, slightly surprising winning at Fontwell yesterday thanks to Jilaijone winning the juvenile hurdle at Fontwell.  Our three year old had been placed twice in France and was claimed by owner Sam Sutton after finishing third last time at Angouleme.  There were only five runners in yesterday's race but it looked quite hot on paper beforehand and we were the outsider of the field.  Held up in behind, he travelled and jumped well and came through to challenge two from home.  He got the last a little wrong but stayed on really well up the hill to win quite comfortably in the end.  He may not be the biggest but he has a good attitude and there was not fluke about his win, I just wish I had had a few pennies on!  This was om Scu's 50th winner of the season so very well done to him.

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    Heure De Gloire runs at Fontwell today

Today we are at two meetings with one runner at Uttoxeter and three at Fontwell.  Racing looks competitive today for our horses but we will give it our best shot and see what happens.  Little Red Lion runs in opening race on Uttoxeter's card, the 11.55am conditional jockeys handicap hurdle with Fergus Gillard on board.  Little Red Lion has won four of his 16 career starts but things did not really go to plan last season for one reason or another.  He has had a good break and a wind operation during the summers and seems in good form at home.  The ground will probably not be soft enough for him today but it will be good to get him back on the track and see how he gets on.  He runs in the colours of the Friends of Ebony Horse Club and it will be great if he can run well for them.

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        Lock Out runs at Lingfield today

Today we have one runner at Lingfield, Lock Out who runs in the 1.55pm novices handicap hurdle with Tom Scu on board.  Lock Out has done little wrong in three starts to the stable to date, winning his first two races, a bumper and a novices hurdle and then finishing fourth in a better race at Kempton last time.  He starts life in handicap company today off a mark of 105 which I think is well within his capabilities.  He will obviously appreciate a bit further in time but the track will suit better today thank Kempton and I think he has scope for improvement off this mark.  There are a couple of interesting types in opposition today but I would class us in the same category and we look a decent price at 15/2.  There is good prize money up for grabs in this race and hopefully we can take home the lions share of it!  Lingfield has been lucky for us in the last few weeks so fingers crossed it can be again today!

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There are no runners today for the stable but there is jumping action at Huntingdon and Kelso.  At Huntingdon they have the feature race, the Peterborough Chase at 2.55pm over 2m4f.  The Kim Bailey trained First Flow heads the market alongside the Paul Nicholls trained Pic D'Orhy and they are both 11/4.  There are just seven runners contesting the £75,000 added prize money race but it is a good quality field with all of the horses being rated 143 and over.  Tom Scu is our only jockey in action today and he heads to Huntingdon for one ride, Art of Illusion the 1.45pm race.

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     Sidi Ismael runs at Sandown today

Another week has flown by and we're back to another bumper Saturday for racing fans with plenty of action to look forward to.  There are four jumps meetings today at Aintree, Chepstow, Sandown and Wetherby and we are featured at three of them,  The feature at Sandown is of course the Tingle Creek chase at 2.55pm and at Aintree they race over the Grand National fences in the Becher chase at 2.05pm.  Sadly we are not represented in these races this year but out runners are Paricolor at Chepstow, Sizing Pottsie at Aintree and five runners at Sandown, Sidi Ismael, Bashful Boy, Gwencily Berbas, Red Happy and D'jango.

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     Man At Work runs at Sandown today

Today we have three runners at three different meeting spread across the country.  Make Me A Believer runs closest to home at Exeter with Fergus Gillard on board, Man At Work runs at Sandown with Tom Scu in the saddle and Jet Smart runs furthest away at Sedgefield with Philip Armson riding.  Make Me A Believer is returning from an absence of 685 days off the track and he runs in the 2.35pm handicap chase.  He is making his debut over fences but has schooled well at home.  He has only had four runs in his life, falling when running well in an Irish point to point on his first start and then winning a bumper on stable debut at Chepstow in October 2019.  He finished second to Bear Ghylls on hurdling debut before winning at Cheltenham over hurdles in December 2020.  He then finished a very close third in the Grade 2 novices hurdle at Warwick and so his hurdle form is very good.  Unfortunately he picked up an injury after this and so it is just fantastic to get him back on the track.  He has always looked a chaser in the making, he is a lovely big horse and fingers crossed he comes back safe and well after today and we have something to build on.  He is a very exciting horse and it will be interesting to see how he gets on this afternoon.

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