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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 November 2006, 08:14 GMT
Saturday's racing bulletin
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The Five Live selection is Montgermont in the 1440 at Newbury (all times GMT).

Racing comes from Newbury, Newcastle, Towcester, Kempton Park, Lingfield and Wolverhampton.

It is Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup day at Newbury where the action starts at 1230 and the ground has changed to soft following 14mm of rain.

The big race is at 1440 and looks a typically competitive affair.

Speaking on Breakfast, jockey Tony Dobbin was very bullish about the chances of Turpin Green.

He said: "The horse is bouncing at home and couldn't be in better form. He won well at Carlisle on his debut and both the horses he beat have subsequently won."

There a few negatives about Turpin Green but the selection is Montgermont.

Having his first start for trainer Charlie Egerton Montgermont has the profile of a very good horse.

At just six years old he is still improving and has been trained specifically for this race. He has shown a liking for soft ground and needs a galloping track.

It is obviously disappointing champion jockey Tony McCoy, who was going to ride the horse, has been re-routed to Newcastle but in Robert Thornton he has a very good substitute.

Newcastle's good quality programme starts at 1220 and the ground is good to soft with soft places although in the home straight there are some good patches.

The Fighting Fifth hurdle at 1530 looks a great race with Champion Hurdle contenders Desert Quest, Straw Bear and Noble Request all in opposition.

The fact that McCoy rides Straw Bear is a huge benefit but the horse must still prove himself at the highest level.

A decent novice last season, his trainer Nick Gifford said: "He has strengthened up this season and has been schooling well at home."

Desert Quest is better on good ground.

Towcester's ground is heavy following 15mm of rain during the night.

Clerk of the course Robert Bellamy is confident racing will go ahead.

England cricket captain "Freddie" Flintoff may have better luck with the horses than bat and ball when his horse Flintoff runs in the 1245.

Formerly trained by Richard Guest the gelding is now in the care of Venetia Williams. He has to overcome a lengthy abscents but normally runs well fresh.

Lingfield's polytrack is standard despite a wet night and racing starts at 1225. It is a later start at Kempton, where the action gets under way at 1550, while the evening card at Wolverhampton begins at 1900.



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