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A TEAM OF SIX TO PERTH.

We send six runners up to Perth on Thursday, where the going is currently described as good to soft, soft in places.


Medieval Gold is first up at 1.50.pm, in division 1 of the maiden hurdle, over two miles, with Emma Smith-Chaston taking the ride. Medieval Gold has placed form on the flat from when trained elsewhere last season, and made a very satisfactory stable debut for us over hurdles, when finishing runner up at Market Rasen just over 12 weeks ago. He will probably require a step up in trip over jumps in due course.


Belle Na Bann returns from a 79 day break, when going to post for the 0-105 mares only handicap hurdle, over two miles, at 2.50.pm, where she will have the assistance of Emma Smith-Chaston in the saddle. Belle Na Bann was very productive when gaining back to back to back wins at Newcastle in December, and at Catterick in January, proving that soft ground holds no fears. She starts out back here, from 4lb above that last winning mark.


Cornerstone Lad showed the benefit of a drop in the weights, when running his seasonal best at Newcastle last time, when finishing a close up third. The handicapper has eased him a further 1lb, and it is to be seen whether this step up in trip to an extended two miles and seven furlongs will play to his strengths. Cornerstone Lad runs at 3.20.pm, in the 0-120 handicap chase, with Conor O;Farrell retaining the ride.


Polisud has been a different proposition since his successful wind operation, and showed that he remains at the top of his game, when after being left a little short of room, he still managed a staying on close up fourth finish, over this course and distance 20 days ago. Polisud runs from the same mark again, at 3.50.pm, in the 0-125 handicap hurdle, over two miles, with Brian Hughes taking the ride.


Singapore Trip is still to win in five stars since arriving at the yard from France last autumn, but he has gone close, and showed the right attitude, including when finishing a gallant third in the £30,000 'Cab On Target' final at Kelso 31 days ago, for which he has been raised 1lb. Singapore Trip will have conditions in his favour when he goes to post for the 0-115 handicap hurdle at 4.20.pm, over two miles and four furlongs, where he will once again be partnered by Brian Hughes.


Contre Ordre has been a bit hit and miss this year, putting in a tremendous performance to win at Sedgefield in November, but then failing to reproduce anything like that form in three of his next four starts, but then also running right up to his best on his penultimate start at Wetherby, when finishing second. Contre Ordre will now step back up in trip to two miles and four furlongs, on what will hopefully be a going day. He runs at 4.50.pm, in the 0-105 handicap chase, with Emma Smth-Chaston, who won on him at Sedgefield, once again in the saddle.


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


Good luck to the connection, Robin Hood & Little John, Ms D Morley, S Dobson & Partner, Mrs B M Lofthouse, The Cheltenham Trail, Andrew Phillips, and Newroc & Co.


Singapore Trip.


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