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Shares available in this handsome
five year old gelding Cadeau d'Or.
Good ability on the flat with
the physique for jumps.
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There are five meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps action from Kelso, Aintree and Wincanton, a flat card from Doncaster and and all-weather flat fixture from Chelmsford City.  David has two runners at Aintree today; Remastered and Via Dolorosa.  Remastered (pictured above) contests the 3m½f Pertemps handicap hurdle qualifier at 1.08pm.  A very good novices' chaser last season, he won the Grade 2 Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot and resumes this term over hurdles from a mark 13lbs lower than over fences.  On that basis he looks to have a good chance, although any further drying of the ground would not be in his favour as all of his wins have come on soft or heavy going.  Tom Scudamore is in the saddle.

Our other runner is Via Dolorosa who contests the Grand Sefton chase over 2m5f and the unique Grand National fences at 2.15pm.  A winner of the French Grand National in 2018, he was purchased after winning a 2m5f hurdle last time out in France.  He has schooled well over our National style fences at home, conditions should suit and will give David Noonan an exciting ride.

It is the final day of the turf season on the flat today at Doncaster and their big finale is the 23 runner November handicap.  If I had to pick one, I might side with Global Storm who was far from disgraced in the Ebor on his penultimate start and represents the Charlie Appleby yard.

Speaking of Charlie Appleby, he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf with Modern Games last night in unusual circumstances after the horse was withdrawn and then reinstalled having been removed from the betting pool.  Stable companion Albahr (who was drawn next to him in 2) had become upset in the stalls and went over backwards, leading the starter to instruct that Modern Games be let out the front.  The vet thought that he had broken through the starting gate and so withdrew the horse, which in turn led him to being taking out of the betting pools.  Once that occurs, you cannot be put back in and so he passed the line an impressive winner but to the sound of boos from the frustrated punters in the crowd.  Fortunately, both Albahr and Frankie Dettori escaped without serious injury.

For me, day two of the Breeders' Cup is different strawberries and I will look forward to cheering on the European raiders tonight on ITV.

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There are five Premier League football matches this afternoon, but by far and away the most interesting should be the Manchester derby between Manchester United and City at Old Trafford.  United have been very up and down lately and despite home field advantage (which counted for little against Liverpool), City look the likeliest winners to me.

Pretty much as anticipated, yesterday's T20 matches were one-sided affairs with New Zealand and India both recording comfortable victories.  Today's matches look far more interesting with Australia taking on the West Indies, whilst England versus South Africa promises to be a cracker.

The quarter-finals of the English Open snooker produced something of a shock with Judd Trump losing to Mark King yesterday.  Ronnie O'Sullivan continued to look unstoppable as he beat Luca Brecel 5-1 in his match, although you still don't know which Ronnie you are going to get from one day to the next.  John Higgins and Neil Robertson are the others to make it to the semi-final stage.

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What type of key do you use to open a banana?  A mon-key!

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