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There are two meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Fakenham and a flat fixture from Nottingham.  Once again, the best racing comes from the other side of the Irish Sea where it is Irish 1,000 Guineas day at the Curragh.  I couldn't have been much further wrong in the Irish 2,000 Guineas with Wembley disappointing again.  Jim Bolger produced a sensational performance to saddle the first two home, with Mac Swiney holding off English Guineas winner Poetic Flare by a short head.  Mac Swiney had won the Futurity at Doncaster as a two year old and that is often an excellent Derby trial so it will fascinating to see if he turns up at Epsom.  As for Poetic Flare, he ran a great race just six days after competing in the French equivalent and you could argue that without that little excursion, he could quite easily have completed the English/Irish double.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Stratford, flat cards from Goodwood, Haydock, Newmarket and York, whilst there is an all-weather flat fixture from Lingfield.  There is plenty of good racing on, although the pick of the action on these shores comes from Haydock where they have a couple of Group 2 contests on their menu.  However, the biggest meeting of the day comes from the other side of the Irish Sea, where The Curragh hosts a Group 1, two Group 2's and a Group 3 contest, with the Irish 2,000 Guineas the headliner.  English Guineas winner Poetic Flare is on a quick turnaround having finished sixth in the French equivalent last weekend.  I prefer the claims of Wembley, who was well beaten at Newmarket, but had previously run extremely well to finish runner-up to French Guineas winner St Mark's Basilica in the Dewhurst last season.  This ground will be much more suitable and he appeals as the likeliest winner to me, whilst Godolphin's La Barrosa looks overpriced and a reasonable each-way alternative.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Worcesterand flat fixtures from Haydock, Goodwood, Bath and Catterick.  David has one runner today as Meep Meep Mag (pictured above, nearside) contests the 2m7f novices' hurdle at Worcester at 7.40pm.  She produced a creditable reappearance effort at the track a fortnight ago on her first start in 497 days and is certainly entitled to have improved for the outing.  The winner of an Irish point-to-point, she is likely to benefit for the longer trip this evening and she has a tremendous attitude.  This is a trappy race with some useful rivals in opposition, including a couple of previous winners.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle and she looks sure to run another solid race.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Market Rasen, flat fixtures from Lingfield and Sandown and all-weather flat meetings from Wolverhampton and Chelmsford City.  David has one runner today as Awesomedude has his first start for the Pond House team and makes his hurdling debut in the 2m½f novices' hurdle at Market Rasen at 1.10pm.  A progressive sort on the flat last season, he won his last five races from 1m2f to 1m4f, the last of those from a rating of 82.  He lacks the experience of his rivals, but he has schooled well at home, has a good attitude and conditions should suit him well.  There are some useful types in opposition but he looks to have a decent chance under Tom Scudamore.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Warwick and Southwell, flat meetings from Yarmouth and Ayr and an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton.  David does not have any runners today, although we will be back tomorrow with runners at Market Rasen.  The best racing takes place at Ayr today with the 1m4f fillies' and mares' Listed contest the highlight.  There may not be any superstars in the line-up, but the prize has drawn a good field of closely matched, quality horses of which, the Sir Michael Stoute trained A La Voile may be best.  She was just behind favourite Black Lotus last time, but the trainer has an excellent record with his older horses and this one looks a typical improver with that first run of the season under her belt.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Huntingdon and Hexham, flat fixtures from Brighton and Nottingham and an all-weather flat meeting from Wolverhampton.  David has one runner today; Lady Reset (pictured above) who contests the 2m mares' handicap hurdle at Huntingdon at 5.25pm.  She was unlucky not to win from this mark at Stratford last season and while she would need to improve on recent efforts to figure here, the better ground and sharp track should suit her well and it is not difficult to imagine her outrunning her odds under Tom Scudamore.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card for Ffos Las and flat fixtures from Carlisle, Redcar, Leicester and Windsor.  David has one runner today; Elan de Balme who contests the 3m handicap chase at Ffos Las at 3.30pm.  He has a disappointing effort to overcome but had previously looked to be going in the right direction, including when placed at this track.  He has to contend with topweight but Fergus Gillard takes a useful 5lbs off his back.  Cheekpieces are applied for the first time today and if those have a positive effect, he could have each-way prospects in an open looking race.

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