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        Nordic Combined runs at Kelso

There are three jumps meetings today at Fontwell, Kelso and Uttoxeter and we have travelled to the course furthest away from Pond House….Kelso!!  It does seem a little strange that there are no flat meetings in the UK today.  In Ireland there is a flat meeting at Navan and a jumps meeting at Punchestown.  We have three runners up at Kelso, Gwencily Berbas, Nordic Combined and First Lord Du Cuet and Fergus Gillard is on board all three.  Gwencily Berbas made a pleasing stable debut last time out at Ffos Las finishing third.  He has cheek pieces added this afternoon and if he can build on the promise of his stable debut then hopefully he should not be too far away again.

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           Dell'arca runs at Haydock

It is a busy summer Saturday on the racing front today with five flat meetings and two over jumps plus jumping in Ireland at Punchestown.  On the flat they race at Beverley, Catterick, Chester, Haydock and Salisbury while over jumps there is racing at Cartmel and Ffos Las.  David has one runner this afternoon, Dell’arca.  He runs in the 3.55pm handicap hurdle over 3m1f at Cartmel with Fergus Gillard in the saddle.  Our forever young 12 year old was a brilliant winner at Haydock last time out, powering up the long run in to get up near the line.  He has been a grand servant for owner Caroline Tisdall and for all of us at Pond House.  He absolutely loves is daily routine at home and he always full of enthusiasm and cheekiness!  I only hope I am the same when I reach his age in human years!

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              Horses on Holidays!

The flat racing takes centre stage today with five meetings at Brighton, Carlisle, Haydock, Pontefract and Yarmouth.  There is flat racing in Ireland at Fairyhouse and an all hunter chase card at Stratford this evening.  David does not have any runners today but Dell'arca runs at Cartmel tomorrow.  Ranco ran well to finish fourth at Worcester yesterday, he had every chance jumping the last and kept going to finish fourth and was only beaten 2.5 lengths.  He jumped well returned to hurdling and will probably be seen to even better effect on a bit sharper track like Newton Abbot or Stratford next time.  He will not mind the ground being even quicker as well.  

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     Percy Street runs at Worcester Today

We have our first runners of the week today at Worcester.  Ranco runs in the first division on the 2 mile handicap hurdle at 2.05pm with Tom Scudamore on board.  He had three runs in juvenile hurdles last season before have a little break from that while the ground was too soft.  He had his first start on the flat for the yard last month and was a nice winner at Windsor over 1m4f, staying on really powerfully in the last two furlongs.  He returned to the track to run with a penalty a week later and ran okay up in grade but it was always the plan to return hurdling when the ground was more to his liking.  The ground has dried to good which should be fine for him, he has schooled well and is in good form at home so we are hopeful of a good run in his first start in a handicap off a mark of 97.  The betting has him as second favourite and fingers crossed he should run well.

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Can you believe that June fast approaches and yet we are still losing meetings to waterlogging?  That is the fate that befell Newton Abbot's meeting this afternoon - it is a great pity for them as they do a great job and will have looked forward to having their first paying spectators at the track since lockdown commenced.  That leaves us with four meetings - a jumps card from Warwick, flat fixtures from Beverley and Hamilton and an all-weather flat meeting from Wolverhampton.  There are no runners from the Pond House team today, although we will be back with runners tomorrow at Worcester.

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The elements continued to take their toll yesterday with the stable's intended runner at Ludlow, Ranco withdrawn on account of the ground.  It had been good ground when he was entered, but further persistent rain meant that the ground had turned soft in places.  Given that he appears to have improved for better going on the level this season, it is a sensible decision to wait for a better opportunity.  With a few dry days now, hopefully that will come sooner rather than later.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Ludlow, flat meetings from Brighton and Windsor and an all-weather flat fixture from Wolverhampton.  David has one runner today as Ranco contests the novices' handicap hurdle at Ludlow at 1.10pm.  An improved performer on the flat this spring, he was a winner at Windsor from a mark of 72 on his penultimate start.  He certainly seemed to appreciate the better ground on the level and may not want too much rain falling at Ludlow.  A mark of 97 looks feasible given his flat form and he looks a decent each-way bet under Tom Scudamore.

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