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Another day, another load of abandoned meetings.  Unsurprisingly, Taunton did not survive their early morning inspection with temperatures dropping below zero overnight with little prospect of it getting much warmer.  I can vouch for that as I live in Taunton and it is bitter this morning!  Meanwhile, Market Rasen called their meeting off yesterday due to snow on the course.  That leaves us with a jumpers' bumper card from Kempton and an all-weather flat fixture at Southwell.  The bumper card is well subscribed with plenty of runners across their eight race fixture, whilst there are very few runners at Southwell with the biggest field sporting only eight runners.

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There was another chilly start to the day and whilst we have managed to avoid the snow, the wind chill is making it extremely cold outside.  It's times like these that I am grateful for an office job!  Following the abandonment of Carlisle and Plumpton we are left with just two meetings this afternoon at Newcastle and Wolverhampton on the all-weather.  The Newcastle fixture is a 'jumpers bumper' card, whilst it is all flat at Wolverhampton.  We were supposed to have a runner over the sticks at Plumpton today but obviously that has gone by the wayside due to the snow.  We will be back with runners tomorrow, although the meeting at Taunton is subject to an inspection at midday today.

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            Happy Birthday David!

The great sporting action continues today so fingers crossed the racing at Leopardstown and Musselburgh beat the weather and we all have some top class racing to watch.  David does not have any runners today but we do have one tomorrow at Plumpton, all being well, Duc De Beauchene.

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There is a busy day in store with no less than four meetings taking place on these shores, although Sandown need to pass early morning inspection.  Unfortunately we have just heard the news at 7.42am that Wetherby has been abandoned.  They had 5mm rain overnight at the track but unfortunately they are due quite a bit more rain throughout the day and were left with no other choice but to call it off.  The action comes from Sandown (hopefully) and Musselburgh over the sticks and Lingfield and Kempton on the all-weather.  Meanwhile over in Ireland there is the big Leopardstown card which features a couple of Grade 1 contests.

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   Eamon An Cnoic runs at Chepstow today
There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Catterick and Chepstow and all-weather flat fixtures from Lingfield and Newcastle.  Chepstow has passed it's 7.30am inspection and racing goes ahead.  The ground is heavy at both turf meetings and sure to be extremely testing.  David has one runner today; Eamon An Cnoic who runs over hurdles at Chepstow.

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       Sexy Lot runs at Ffos Las Today

There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Ffos Las and Wincanton and all-weather flat fixtures from Southwell and Chelmsford City.  You are kidding yourself if you think that the ground at either turf meeting is going to be anything other than bottomless.  Earlier in the week Wincanton declared that parts of their course were under standing water, whilst Ffos Las will be about as testing as it gets.  David has six runners today split between the two jumps cards.

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     Mr Clarkson (left) runs at Warwick

Following the early abandonments of Exeter and Leicester, there are just three meetings taking place this afternoon with the action coming over the sticks at Warwick and on the all-weather at Lingfield and Kempton.  The ground at Warwick is going to be extremely testing with the official description unsurprisingly heavy.  David has one runner this afternoon as Mr Clarkson runs at Warwick.

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