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Despite the recent thaw, there was still an early morning inspection at Carlisle to ensure that their jumps card this afternoon can go ahead.  The good news is that they have passed and will be joined by a jumps fixture from Catterick and a couple of all-weather flat meetings from Kempton and Newcastle.  The ground at the turf meetings are sure to be extremely testing so there may not be many finishers.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today, although we will have runners tomorrow and the remainder of the week is looking extremely busy.

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The stable enjoyed a good weekend with racing on the turf finally allowed to go ahead with Exeter's jumps card yesterday.  As you know, I had my doubts about the meeting getting the green light, but the temperatures rose enough to allow the course to hold an all hurdle/bumper card even if the chases had to be abandoned.  David and Tom Scudamore enjoyed two winners courtesy of Martinhal and Brinkley who both produced excellent performances in really testing conditions.

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There are (hopefully!) two meetings taking place this afternoon.  Exeter need to pass an early morning inspection if their jumps meeting is to go ahead, whilst there is also an all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  David is due to have three runners at Exeter today; Martinhal, Astigar and Brinkley.  It would be great if the meeting could go ahead, although I'm afraid I have my doubts.  Temperatures are due to pick up as the day goes on tomorrow but it may just be too late to save the meeting, let's hope not.

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Well, following yesterday's abandonment, Chelmsford are once again unable to race due to a frozen track.  They will have to change the description from all-weather racing to most-weather racing.  That leaves us with a couple of all-weather flat fixtures courtesy of Lingfield and Wolverhampton.  It's not exactly Christmas is it?  Still, it is better than having no racing on and ITV 4 will be covering some of the races from Lingfield.  Unusually, David has two runners on the flat at Lingfield today;  Ranco and Sans Logique who contest the 1m4f handicap at 11.45am.

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It certainly isn't as bad out today.  I wouldn't say it was subtropical but with temperatures around 0ºc at least we were excused the daily regime of de-icing the car windscreen before setting off!  Even so the abandonments continue and with the cancellation of Kempton and Chelmsford (on the all-weather!) we are left with just the one all-weather flat fixture today from Southwell.  Unsurprisingly there are no runners from the Pond House team this afternoon.

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Another cold start to the day with temperatures at -3ºc this morning with plenty of frost about.  The good news is that the wind is lighter this morning meaning the cold is not as biting.  It wasn't enough to save the turf cards with Doncaster and Huntingdon abandoned earlier in the week, whilst Ffos Las were forced to cancel yesterday.  That leaves us with a jumpers bumper card from Kempton and an all-weather card from Newcastle.  Newcastle need to pass a 10am inspection, something they failed to do yesterday - let's hope they have better luck today.  David has four runners at Kempton today; Home Farm House, Major Robinson, Iron Heart and To Fly Free.

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You know things are bad when they need to inspect on the all-weather!  Sedgefield, Fontwell and Ludlow all fell by the wayside earlier in the week, leaving us with just Newcastle and Wolverhampton on the all-weather.  Newcastle however need to pass an 8am inspection after temperatures dropped to -5ºc and snow fell overnight.  There are no such problems at Wolverhampton, although you will not be surprised to hear that there are no runners from the Pond House team today.

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