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David Massey

David Massey is an on course bookmakers clerk, a Sporting Life race card author, a horse racing punter and of course a regular contributor here at the Daily Punt

Eyecatchers (Part 2)

Good morning all,

The second installment of my Eyecatchers is now ready for you to peruse, I hope you find it of some use.

Racing today isn't great, I'm afraid, but I do have a selection at Chepstow at the end of the piece that ought to be favourite, and isn't.

I'll do a round up of the Eyecatchers tomorrow and which ones we should be looking out for in the next few days.

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Eyecatchers (Part 1)

Good morning all,

The racing for the next few days doesn't look the most exciting and I can't see me going anywhere for a day or two, so as promised, it gives me chance to start catching up on the Eyecatchers from the last few weeks. It's Newton Abbot and Uttoxeter today, and tomorrow I'll do a couple of Flat meetings from Pontefract and Doncaster, before a round-up of any others on Wednesday. I hope you enjoy reading them and there should be a winner or two for the future in amongst them.

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Highs & Lows

Good morning all,

I think yesterday summed up the highs and lows of National Hunt racing perfectly!

Royal Macnab was the first to step up to the plate and for a few strides looked the winner in the home straight, as he took a couple of lengths out of favourite Ballykan turning for home but sadly couldn't hold him off and even when Ballykan once again started his party tricks at the last, couldn't take advantage, and ended up a gallant second.

But Molly's Gent jumped beautifully throughout and had his rivals cooked some way from home. Strolling to a 20-length victory as he approached the last, he winged that as he had done all the other fences….and then knuckled over.

I'm still trying to work out why that happened, as he jumped the fence perfectly well before the jockey came off, and I can only assume it was a tack problem. Bottom line, I didn't get paid, and it just made the misery of the day complete.

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Weekend Review

Good morning all,

It's the usual Monday fayre but at least Cartmel breaks up the monotony a bit. I know Summer Jumping isn't everyone's cup of tea – it's hardly mine at times – but concentrating on just one thing does seem to help, especially if I can get to as many tracks as possible to see the condition of the horses as well.

Anyway, we've just had a weekend peppered with Jumps fixtures, and it might be worth stopping to have a look to do a small review, and point a few things out that might come in useful in the coming weeks.

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