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Typically, with all of the winter horses now out to grass, mother nature has decided to bucket-it down!  Indeed, over the last couple of weeks we have barely had a dry day and it has resulted in ground at many tracks that you would normally find in the depths of winter.  That includes today when we were due to run Ranco at Ludlow.

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Many of the horses may be on their holidays, but there is still plenty to keep us busy around the yard at Pond House.  The empty stables will need steam cleaning and disinfecting before they are used once again, whilst general housekeeping duties still need to be adhered to to keep the place up to scratch.  We still have some horses to run over the summer months and with the sales taking place, there is little let-up in the pace.

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Dell’ Arca turned back the years with a tremendous performance to land the valuable Long Distance handicap hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.  Our ever-green veteran was a popular winner under conditional jockey Fergus Gillard in a dramatic finish.  He was our third winner of the new campaign, whilst the remainder of our runners have also performed with great credit.

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The stable enjoyed the best possible start to the new jumps season on Saturday when Paricolor landed the first race on the card, the selling handicap hurdle at Hexham under Fergus Gillard.  Things were to get better too when Nordic Combined (pictured above) completed a double of on the day in the two mile handicap hurdle.  With a second to add to those winners, it was certainly a worthwhile (if long) journey up north.

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The 2020/21 jumps season drew to a close at Sandown on Saturday.  The final month of the season saw barely any rain (in fact, there was none at all at Pond House) and the ground dried out very quickly up and down the country.  As such we had very few runners in the closing weeks but still finished up with a very respectable tally of 52 winners and prize money in excess of £600,000.  As the jumps season concluded, the flat campaign stepped up a gear and we enjoyed a winner at Windsor last Monday with Ranco (pictured above).

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The final week of an exciting 2020/21 campaign is now upon us.  Despite the delayed start owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been a good season for the Pond House team with another half century of winners and a respectable strike rate.  There have been plenty of Graded winners and going forward we have some lovely young horses for the future as well as the established talent.

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What an exhilarating week of racing with the Aintree Grand National Festival producing some thrilling finishes and a historic winner of the big race on Saturday.  We only had four runners at the meeting and whilst we drew a blank, there were some good performances nonetheless.  With Liverpool now in the rear view mirror things will start to wind down as we head into the closing two weeks of the season.

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As we enter the closing weeks of the current campaign, the horses continue in good form, much as they have throughout.  Two more winners took our seasonal tally to 52 which is a good effort, whilst another six reached the frame.  With the Grand National meeting from Aintree starting this week, there is much to look forward to.

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It is that time of the year when we start to wind a few of the horses down in preparation for their summer holidays.  We will be busy over the coming weeks prepping the fields and paddocks in readiness and with a largely dry forecast for the month ahead; it seems like the ideal time.  Of course, there will be those that remain in training with a view to a summer jumps campaign, whilst we have a few who could also run on the flat.

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The Cheltenham Festival is over for another year and I am sure there will be plenty of trainers on this side of the Irish Sea who will be glad to see the back of it.  Whilst we drew a blank at the meeting, most of our runners performed creditably.  Adagio (pictured above) ran an excellent race to finish second in the Triumph Hurdle and we finished the week with a winner at Chepstow on Sunday which took us to the half century for the season.

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