• Ian Ender


We send two up to Musselburgh on Wednesday in search of good ground. The going at the time of writing is good to soft, soft in places, and if it's soft at Musselburgh, you know there must have been an awful lot of rain about.

Both of our representatives go in the, a 0-105 Novices' Handicap Chase over the extended two and a half miles.

Who's The Guv'Nor makes his chase debut after showing ability when being placed three times over hurdles, particularly at Market Rasen when finishing runner up there in May. His latest run was at Carlisle 20 days ago when staying on up the hill over two miles and one furlong to finish a seven lengths fifth of the eight runners. His jumping was a little novicey at times that day and the hope is that fences will concentrate his mind. This step up in trip is what he needs, and any drying out of the ground is important. Alain Cawley who knows him well, will be on board for the ninth time in his 12 starts.

Shaws Bridge also makes his chase debut, with Ryan Mania having his first ride for the yard. Shaws Bridge will have no problem with the ground having run well on both a good, and a soft surface. He was last seen back in May when finishing runner up at Perth from a 2lb lower mark than now on soft ground, and even so he probably ran a personal best that day, he possibly found the three miles stretching his stamina. Previous to that run he was a comfortable winner also at Perth from a 10lb lower mark than now over two and a half miles on good ground. Shaws Bridge and Who's The Guv'Nor are both lightly raced horses, and are open to improvement over fences.

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 connections, Mr & Mrs I P Earnshaw, and Newroc & Co.

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