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Simon Clare joined Coral in 1997 as Racecourse PR representative and was promoted to Coral PR Director in October 2002. Between 2008 to 2011 Clare added Trading to his responsibilities in a new role as Coral Trading & PR Director. In 2011 he relinquished his Trading responsibilities and assumed a new wider role of PR & Broadcast Director responsible for all Coral Public Relations activity, CoralTV and Social Media. Clare has extensive broadcast experience on radio and television commenting on a diverse range of betting events from the obvious - horse racing, football and sport - to the more obscure - politics, reality TV, showbiz and the weather. Simon Clare is a keen sports fan, still turning out for Carshalton FC on a Saturday when work allows.

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Tom Scudamore hoping for early Christmas presents at Ascot

In the Long Walk Hurdle at 2.35pm I’m riding Dell’ Arca back over hurdles. It just looks the right opportunity for him with just the five runners and I’m sure he’ll go back over fences again at some point. He’s never run over three miles before but there’s no reason why he shouldn’t stay. Every time we’ve stepped him up in trip he’s improved. He has plenty to find at the ratings but don’t be surprised to see him run well. Tactically he’s very straightforward. He’s one that you just bide your time on really, the type of horse that you wait for the race to come to him and see what happens. With the likes of Reve De Sivola and Aubusson in there I’m sure they’ll go a good gallop so we’ll take our time and see how the race develops. I’m on Ardkilly Witness in the 3.00pm. He’s a few pounds out of the handicap but he has bits and pieces of good form and will handle the ground. It’s obviously a competitive race. Houblon Des Obeaux ran a great race in the Hennessy and of course there’s The Young Master, and plenty’s been said about him. The pair of them set a pretty high standard but my horse has no weight and though he’s got to bounce back a bit to his best form, Dr Richard Newland is very good at improving his chasers. I’ve had a few winners for Richard over the years and he’s always a good man to ride for. Balgarry is a really interesting ride in the Ladbroke Hurdle at 3.30pm. He ran really well for a long way when last seen out in the 2012 Coral Cup but just didn’t quite get the trip that day. But obviously he hasn’t been put away since then with this race in mind. I don’t know what sort of problems he’s had but they’ve been enough to keep him off the track for the best part of three years. He’s only had the four runs in his entire life. He’s a horse who deserves to get a bit of the rub of the green now, as he hasn’t had much luck in the last few years. I schooled him the other day and he seems ready Swing Bowler runs in the same race. I’ve never actually ridden her. Whenever she runs I always seem to be at the opposite end of the country or it’s in a big handicap where I’m on another horse. She’s a good solid filly but she’s just struggled to get her head in front last year. The handicapper just seems to have a hold on her as she’s been running so consistently well. Up at Haydock David runs a couple from the yard. Broadway Buffalo goes in the Tommy Whittle at 2.05pm. He has disappointed us a bit that he hasn’t quite reached the heights over fences that he did over hurdles and that we were expecting. He ran well at Cheltenham the time before last but last time out was a bit disappointing. Hopefully he can bounce back from that. He’s got a good record around Haydock, and won a nice race there over hurdles, and he’ll handle the ground conditions well so there’s no reason why he can’t run well with Conor Farrell on board. With Conor, as you can see from his riding, he’s pretty laidback. He’s a good person and I enjoy working with him. He’s enthusiastic and definitely one of the more relaxed individuals you’ll ever deal with. I’ve worked with him for a good few years now and we get on very well. He’s a good pal and a good judge of a horse as well. It’s Taj Badalandabad’s first run in a handicap in the 2.40pm at Haydock but as you saw when he won last time at Leicester he will love the soft ground up there. He’s taken to hurdles very well but look he’s still only four and he’s a horse with lots of potential. It will be his toughest task to date, he’s up in trip to two and a half miles and it’s a decent race, but I see no reason why he can’t run very well. He’s going to be a nice staying chaser in time but at the moment he’s got enough speed for two miles, and he’s also got a nice attitude and knows how to win. Tom