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Micky who has trained 100 + winners at Wetherby, and 100 + winners at Sedgefield, now has his sights set on Catterick, where on Friday afternoon he closed in on that unique treble, with a double from Onenightintown, and Shighness, taking him another two steps closer.


At 10 years old, Onenightintown showed that there is still plenty of fire in his belly, when beating all of his five younger rivals, when staying on after the last to win gamely by half a length under Alice Stevens, who was riding her second winner in the last two days. The handicapper shouldn't be too harsh on Onenightintown, and he could go in again as the weather improves, as he acts even better on a sounder surface.


Shighness is most definitely versatile. She has now won a bumper, three hurdles races, and now she has broken her duck over fences. It has always been thought that Shighness would be seen at her best over fences, as she is a big mare with limitless stamina, who revels in the mud. She was ridden by the champion jockey Brian Hughes, who, as he also did at Wetherby last time, gave her a superb educational ride, filing her with confidence, as he tracked the leaders all the way round, before asking her to go and win her race, and the response was immediate, as she comfortably put four lengths between herself and her nearest rival. Shighness is definitely one to keep on the right side of.

To keep up to date with all the latest happenings at Oakwood Stables, Sharp Hill, and Curlew, click on 'NEWS' at www.mickyhammondracing.

Congratulations to the connections,The Rat Pack Racing Club, and Keep The Faith Partnership.

Onenightintown (top) & Shighness (bottom)

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