We have had several reaching the frame in the past week without winning, but hopefully we can record winner number 23 of the 2015/16 campaign today, with five runners across the two meetings at Huntingdon and Cartmel, including last time out winners Colley Row and Panis Angelicus.

Cartmel have been putting on some excellent prize-money for feature races this season and today is no different, with over £11,000 to the winner of the 3m1f handicap chase and the hurdle over the same trip, in which we run both Panis Angelicus and Oscar Fiain.  Both are in great form and I’d take a dead-heat!

Whilst Newton Abbot have had to abandon tomorrow’s meeting due to waterlogging, Sedgefield is currently good to firm and we are likely to send a couple there later in the week.

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@DarrenBirdie

The Monday Story

Victoria Pendleton is GB’s most successful female Olympian and received a CBE in 2013, but today Ms V L Pendleton (3) takes to the saddle for her first ever ride under rules, in the 1m3f amateur riders’ handicap at Ripon.  A 10-1 shot in the papers this morning, the flood of public support in the betting offices appears yet to arrive, but it will be fascinating to see how she gets on.

If she does win, the following special bets may well appear in tomorrow’s Racing Post…

6/4   V Pendleton to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year

5/2   V Pendleton to win a Group 1 on the Flat in 2016

8-1   V Pendleton to become Flat champion jockey in 2016

16-1 V Pendleton to take over at Ballydoyle from A P O’Brien