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Today there are three jumps meetings, at Newton Abbot, Perth and Worcester and the stable has a runner at two of them.  Belguardo is making his racecourse debut in division one of the bumper at 2.15pm with Fergus Gillard on board.  He is a handsome looking son of Kapgarde who has taken a while to come to hand but our five year old goes nicely at home and it will be interesting to see how he gets on and handles the whole experience.  Fergus knows him well having ridden him a lot at home and they have him about fifth in the betting at 9/1.  It looks a competitive enough race with several big yards involved but whatever he does today he should learn a lot for the experience.

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       Dell'arca after Winning at Haydock

This morning we have woken to rain at Pond House!  It seems rather strange after several weeks of dry weather but it is most welcome rain in the racing world and hopefully the racecourses will be getting it as well.  The tracks have done a great job in watering in recent weeks to try to provide safe ground but nothing beats natural watering!  While there is nothing significant to have fallen so far, it all helps and with more heavy rain forecast for tomorrow in the forecast hopefully it can make a difference.  Today there is one jumps meeting up at Sedgefield but the stable does not have any runners and I see none of our regular jockeys are in action either.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Southwell, flat fixtures from Catterick, Musselburgh and Windsor and all-weather action from Wolverhampton.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today, with our next runners likely to come on Wednesday.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Plumpton and Ludlow and a flat card from Hamilton.  David has three runners today at Plumpton; Dindin, d'Jango and Kolisi (pictured above).  Dindin is the first of those as he contests the 2m3½f handicap chase at 2.15pm.  A multiple winner in France at around this sort of trip, he will certainly have learned from his first start over these sort of fences at Exeter last time.  He needs to improve on that bare form, but he is 4lbs lower in the weights, whilst Philip Armson takes an additional 5lbs off his back.

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It's just like a Bank Holiday with seven meetings taking place this afternoon.  The action comes from Nottingham, Hexham and Warwick over jumps, Lingfield, Ascot and Thirsk on the flat, whilst there is a mixed meeting from Haydock.  David has four runners today; Panic Attack, Neon Moon and Bashful Boy at Haydock and Dances On The Sand at Warwick.  We are doubly represented in the Long Distance handicap hurdle at Haydock at 2.25pm with Panic Attack and Neon Moon.  Panic Attack ran out a brave winner of a Listed hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m4f last time out and is 4lbs higher this afternoon.  She stays this trip and looks to have a good each-way chance in a competitive race with Tom Scudamore in the saddle.  Neon Moon enjoyed a productive season last term, winning three times at upto 2m5½f.  He looks likely to be suited by this longer trip and whilst he is 6lbs higher and in a more competitive race, he may not have finished improving yet.  Fergus Gillard takes 3lbs off his back.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Market Rasen, flat fixtures from Chester, Ascot, Nottingham and Ripon and all-weather action from Wolverhampton.  David has one runner today as Via Dolorosa contests the 3m handicap chase at Market Rasen at 1.50pm.  Our ten year old enjoyed a productive season last term, winning twice at Southwell and Fakenham.  He remains 5lbs above that last winning mark, but conditions should suit and Philip Armson takes 5lbs off his back and he has place claims despite the burden of topweight.

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The stable enjoyed a nice winner at Newton Abbot yesterday when Romain de Senam was victorious in the 3m2f handicap chase and thus getting us off the mark for the new campaign.  It didn't always look easy, but this was coming hot on the heels of a good effort when runner-up at Uttoxeter on Saturday, so this was a very commendable effort under David Noonan.  He handles a sound surface well and could be winning again whilst in such fine form.  Ben Lilly was our other runner yesterday, finishing third in the maiden hurdle at Fontwell.  He will be winning races sooner rather than later based on this evidence.

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