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It certainly isn't as bad out today.  I wouldn't say it was subtropical but with temperatures around 0ºc at least we were excused the daily regime of de-icing the car windscreen before setting off!  Even so the abandonments continue and with the cancellation of Kempton and Chelmsford (on the all-weather!) we are left with just the one all-weather flat fixture today from Southwell.  Unsurprisingly there are no runners from the Pond House team this afternoon.

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Another cold start to the day with temperatures at -3ºc this morning with plenty of frost about.  The good news is that the wind is lighter this morning meaning the cold is not as biting.  It wasn't enough to save the turf cards with Doncaster and Huntingdon abandoned earlier in the week, whilst Ffos Las were forced to cancel yesterday.  That leaves us with a jumpers bumper card from Kempton and an all-weather card from Newcastle.  Newcastle need to pass a 10am inspection, something they failed to do yesterday - let's hope they have better luck today.  David has four runners at Kempton today; Home Farm House, Major Robinson, Iron Heart and To Fly Free.

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You know things are bad when they need to inspect on the all-weather!  Sedgefield, Fontwell and Ludlow all fell by the wayside earlier in the week, leaving us with just Newcastle and Wolverhampton on the all-weather.  Newcastle however need to pass an 8am inspection after temperatures dropped to -5ºc and snow fell overnight.  There are no such problems at Wolverhampton, although you will not be surprised to hear that there are no runners from the Pond House team today.

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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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