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Day five of our summer sabbatical and we have five meetings taking place this afternoon with turf cards from Brighton, Haydock, Musselburgh, Newmarket and Thirsk.  The best of the action unsurprisingly comes tonight at Newmarket where they have a 1m4f (0-105) handicap at 6.38pm.  It's amazing how often the most valuable race of the day is so often poorly subscribed.  There are two non-runners in this race leaving just five to compete for the first prize of almost £14,000.  I would imagine the sponsors will not be entirely happy with the turnout.  It's a trappy little race all the same, so let's hope they are at least rewarded with a close finish.

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Day four of our summer sabbatical and there are five flat cards taking place on these shores today.  The action comes from Brighton, Redcar, Yarmouth, Sandown and Doncaster.  There are no all-weather cards today, which is a bit unusual.  Over in Ireland there is a jumps card from Sligo, but the best of the action today comes from Leopardstown where they have a Group 3 contest on the card.  The 1m4f Ballyroan Stakes takes place at 5.20pm and features the reappearance of Tarnawa who has been absent since winning the Breeders Cup Turf in November of last year.  He is far superior to anything else in the race but he clearly has not had a perfect preparation and will be very short odds here.

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Day three of our summer sabbatical and there are five meetings taking place on the flat today with turf fixtures from Bath, Brighton, Pontefract and Yarmouth and an all-weather flat cards from Kempton.  The best race of the day in terms of quality comes from Pontefract where they have a 0-95 handicap over 2m1f at 3.10pm.  There may be only six runners but they look quite evenly matched.  Mark Johnston's Military Two Step looked good stepped up to this sort of trip on his penultimate start and, the least exposed of these, he could be the answer in this tricky contest.

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Day two of our summer sabbatical and there are five flat meetings taking place today with the action coming from Catterick, Ffos Las and Nottingham and from Chelmsford City and Lingfield on the all-weather.  It isn't the most inspiring of days racing with the highlight being the 0-95 sprint handicap at Chelmsford at 4.18pm.  Nigel Nott is a course and distance winner and is back on the same mark today so looks a spot of each-way value against the favourites.

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Apologies for the delay in bringing you this morning's update - a technical issue that is fully resolved now.  Here we go again!  Another break in the jumps programme with day one of our summer sabbatical today upon us.  There is no jumping now until the end of next week.  Whilst a holiday would be nice, it comes too late in the year with most of the winter horses back in training…you can’t just stop riding them, so things carry on very much as normal at the yard.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Market Rasen as well as a couple of flat fixtures from Thirsk and Chester.  The big race of the day is the Group 3 Queensferry Stakes over 6f at Chester at 3.10pm.  The draw at Chester is more important than at any other track in the country owing to its tight, turning nature, especially over these sprint trips.  With that in mind, all looks in place for frontrunner Dakota Gold to put in a bold show.  A Group 3 winner last season, she should be all the better for her recent reappearance effort and looks to be the one to beat.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Goodwood, Newmarket, Doncaster, Lingfield and Hamilton.  There are no jumps fixtures on these shores today, but that doesn't mean that we don't have any runners as David saddles Ladykiller in the Summer handicap over 1m6f at Glorious Goodwood at 2.30pm.  A high class, Group 3 winning stayer in Germany, he has had only one start over hurdles since arriving in Britain.  This is his first run in almost a year and he faces a tough task conceding weight to all bar two of his rivals in a fiercely competitive handicap.  Derby winning jockey Adam Kirby is in the saddle.

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