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There has been a dribble of rain this morning, the first for some time, although not enough to make a significant difference to the ground, especially with ambient temperatures already in excess of 20ºc soon likely to burn that away.  Ther are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat fixtures from Ffos Las and Catterick and all-weather action from Ffos Las and Chelmsford City.  It's the second day of the summer break from the jumps and unsurprisingly, there are no runners from the Pond House team today.  We are busy though, with the arrival of a VIP.

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What a weekend of sport, capped last night by the England Women's Football team beating Germany at Wembley to be crowned Champions of Europe.  It couldn't be more apt that they win and we have Sir Geoff Hurst, England's 1966 World Cup Hero coming to Pond House tomorrow morning!  We can look forward to chatting to Sir Geoff tomorrow about the achievements of the Lionesses.  I have to confess, that despite being a huge sports fan, including football, and playing football for Cardiff when I was at University, I have not really watched a lot of Women's football until the last few weeks.  I have been won over by the whole tournament and was very impressed by the standard of play and the commitment, attitude and fitness of all the players.  It was a terrific performance from our ladies and what brilliant goals they scored in the final.  I have to admit I thought the game was destined for penalties but thankfully we got the second goal and broke the heart of the Germans.  The atmosphere and celebrations afterwards was a sight to behold and made be very proud to be English.  I particularly loved Gabby Logan's quote as the TV coverage ended, "You think it's all over?  It's only just begun". 

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There are just two meetings taking place on these shores this afternoon with a jumps card from Market Rasen and a flat fixture from Chester.  David has one runner today; Dindin, who contests the 2m3f handicap chase at Market Rasen at 2.10pm.  He has been in good form of late, falling at the last with the race at his mercy at Newton Abbot on his penultimate start and was beaten only a neck there last time out.  He certainly deserves a change of luck and has a decent chance with Philip Armson taking 5lbs off his back, although the favourite does look difficult to beat.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Goodwood, Newmarket, Doncaster, Thirsk and Hamilton as well all-weather action from Lingfield.  There are no jumps fixtures today and you had better get your fill tomorrow as Market Rasen's card will be the last NH meeting until Saturday 13th August!  David will have one runner at the Lincolnshire track, so come back then to find out more.

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The stable enjoyed a good winner at Stratford yesterday afternoon with Lady Reset running out an impressive winner of the 2m½f mares' handicap hurdle, her second successive victory in the race.  The winning margin of seven lengths from a mark of 104 was clearly a career best effort over hurdles from this tough, genuine and versatile mare.  This was her ninth success (and fourth over timber) and hopefully she can continue to improve.  She is a really likeable mare who has given connections a tremendous amount of enjoyment.  It could so easily have been a double with Defi d'Oudairies first past the post in the concluding staying hurdle.  He scored by a head in a rousing finish, only to be placed second by the stewards for causing interference.  Of course, I am going to be partisan to our runners, but I thought he was a little unlucky to lose the race.  There was no contact made until after the line, whilst neither jockey stopped riding.  This was another good performance from Defi d'Oudairies, just three days after winning over fences.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Stratford and flat fixtures from Goodwood, Nottingham, Epsom and Salisbury.  David has two runners at Stratford; Lady Reset and Defi d'Oudairies (pictured above).  Lady Reset contests the 2m½f mares' handicap hurdle at 3.42pm.  She threw in a rare disappointing effort at Cartmel last time over jumps, but she was plenty keen enough that day.  The winner of this race last year, a repeat of her best form would give her every chance.  There are only four runners which means win only for betting purposes and it is a trappy affair with her rivals all last time out winners.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Perth and flat fixtures from Goodwood, Redcar, Sandown and Leicester.  Meanwhile, over in Ireland it is day two of the Galway Festival.  The big race of the day is the Group One Sussex Stakes at 3.35pm.  Sadly we have been deprived a real 'Duel on the Downs' following the defection of Guineas winner Coroebus.  Unbeaten Baaeed, currently the highest-rated horse in the world, will be a warm order, although he is not really a betting proposition at massive odds-on.

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