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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps fixture from Exeter, a flat card from Yarmouth and action on the all-weather from Newcastle and Kempton.  David has two runners today at Exeter; Oneonechop and Story Of Friends (pictured above).  Oneonechop contests the amateur riders' handicap hurdle at 1.30pm.  He has shown ability over hurdles, finishing in the frame on several occasions, although he needs to bounce back from a couple of disappointing efforts to figure.  The ground should suit, although he is yet to prove that he will stay 2m2½f on a stiff track.  Jo Supple is in the saddle.

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Leoncavallo ran a great race to finish third in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las on Saturday.  Prominent throughout, he still had every chance when blundering at the penultimate flight.  He stuck on well nonetheless but was just run out of second close home.  A thoroughly likeable type who runs well in all of the best handicaps, he richly deserves a big one for himself.  Umbrigado was a little disappointing - he was still in touch and seemingly going okay when a bad error three from home put paid to his chances.

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There are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps cards taking place at Kempton and Sedgefield.  The pick of the action definitely comes at Kempton where they host a couple of Listed contests, although the fields have been blighted by the good (good/firm in places) ground which has been watered.  The biggest field on their seven race cards has attracted only six runners which is a great pity for the track and of course the sponsors who have supported the races.

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There are six meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Ascot and Catterick, an all weather flat fixture from Wolverhampton and jumps meetings from Market Rasen, Ffos Las and Stratford.  David has two runners today; Leoncavallo and Umbrigado who both contest the ultra-competitive Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las at 4.35pm.  Umbrigado (pictured above) took well to fences last season, winning three times, including the Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury.  He is 7lbs lower over hurdles compared to his chase mark so has a chance on that basis, although he may ideally prefer a bit more cut in the ground.  David Noonan rides.  Our other runner is Leoncavallo, who will be partnered by Tom Scudamore.  He is a tough and genuine individual, who ran really well at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals last season and should give his running once again.

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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Redcar and Haydock, an all-weather flat fixture from Newcastle and jumps meetings from Fakenham and Uttoxeter.  David has one runner today as Ranco contests the 2m handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter at 4.15pm.  A winner on the flat for the stable, his profile has been a little in and out over hurdles, but he produced a very good performance when runner-up at Warwick in June behind a subsequent three-time winner.  A reproduction of that effort would give him every chance and he looks to have each-way claims with conditional jockey Fergus Gillard claiming 3lbs off his back.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Brighton, an all-weather flat fixture from Chelmsford City and jumps cards from Wincanton and Carlisle.  Believe it or not, the best of the action comes tonight at Chelmsford where their 1m (0-95) handicap tops the bill.  It is a competitive contest with some promising types in the line-up, the best of which could be the consistent three year old, Far Hope.  The only time she has finished out of the frame was at Royal Ascot, so can be excused that - she went close last time out and should be thereabouts again.  Championship competitor William Buick is in the saddle and looks to have each-way claims at a decent price.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with flat cards from Nottingham and Bath, an all-weather flat fixture from Kempton and a jumps card from Wetherby.  David has one runner today as former Cheltenham Festival winning chaser Siruh du Lac (pictured above) makes his seasonal debut in the 2m3½f novices hurdle at Wetherby at 2.48pm.  It is his first run for almost a year and his first over timber since January 2017.  He is a high class horse and this looks like a nice opportunity for his first start of the season with bigger targets lying ahead.  There are a couple of decent prospects in opposition, but he should be thereabouts under Tom Scudamore.

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