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Another glorious start to the day this morning with temperatures already at 16ºc and temperatures set to climb the scales again this week with forecasts predicting it to reach 30ºc by Friday.  There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Nottingham and Carlisle and all-weather action from Lingfield and Chelmsford City.  It's not exactly an inspiring day's action either, with a couple of 0-85 handicaps the highlights.  

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Another fine start to the day with bright sunshine and temperatures already in the high teens here in the west country.  There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Windsor and Ripon and all-weather action from Kempton and Wolverhampton.  It is a pretty low-grade stuff, but at least they have managed to draw some reasonable sized fields.  Unsurprisingly, there are no runners from the Pond House team again today, although, as I eluded to yesterday, we do make entries for the weekend this morning.  It will certainly be good to get back racing over the jumps again.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Leicester, Windsor and Haydock.  The pick of the action comes from Haydock, where they are offering good ground for their Sunday Series card.  It has drawn competitive fields and better still, the terrestrial television cameras will be there with ITV 4 covering the meeting.  Credit where it is due, ITV continue to make a tremendous investment in the sport and hopefully they will be rewarded with the viewing figures they deserve.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat action from Ascot, Newmarket, Redcar, Haydock and Ayr and all-weather flat action from Lingfield.  It is Shergar Cup day at Ascot and once again, it looks like a nightmare for commentator with all of the runners carrying similar designs.  I get confused by who's who, so whilst I understand the team aspect of the event, why can't they carry the owners' regular silks, but with a cap the colour of each team?  Or am I being stupid?  On second thoughts, don't answer that!

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Day five of our summer sabbatical and there are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Brighton, Musselburgh, Thirsk, Haydock and Newmarket.  The dry spell continues in the south and it is once again reflected in the ground with both Brighton and Newmarket offering good/firm ground.  Meanwhile, further up, Thirsk and Haydock are currently good/soft.  Of course, this has a knock-on effect to runners as well, with the Newmarket card hosting just one race with a double figure field, whilst the remainder are all between three and six runners.

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We did have a bit of rain during yesterday afternoon at Pond House, although there was nothing measurable in the rain gauge this morning with the heat evaporating it long before it had a chance to get into the ground.  There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Nottingham, Yarmouth, Brighton, Sandown, Doncaster and Ayr and there has obviously been a bit more precipitation up country with Nottingham and Ayr both offering ground that is good/soft in places.

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The Pond House team welcomed a special visitor to the yard yesterday when we were joined by Sir Geoff Hurst, England's hat-trick scoring hero from the 1966 World Cup.  It was the idea of Fergus Wilson to get Sir Geoff down to the yard and the timing could hardly have been better following England's Women's Euopean Cup success on Sunday.  He happily posed with staff and the horses for photographs and signed an enormous amount of pictures and footballs during his visit.  In tremendous shape for a man in his 80's, he was a tremendous sport and even took a number of penalties against the children present.

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