• Ian Ender


Because of the incoming heatwave Cartmel races will take the precaution of starting racing earlier on Monday with a midday start. The going at the time of writing is good.

We have three runners at the track with Shaws Bridge first up at, in a 0-100 handicap hurdle over two miles and six furlongs, with the champion jockey Brian Hughes riding him for the first time. Shaws Bridge was last seen over this course and distance 24 days ago when falling at the last when in third place, prior to that he had finished fourth at Hexham, and if he is to take this he will have to improve on those two runs, but he is on a decent mark on the best of last seasons efforts.

They don't come any tougher than The Resdev Way who will have his 15th start of the year, and 93rd start in total at, when he will contest the 0-100 handicap hurdle over two miles and one furlong with Becky Smith on board, who has won on him three times previously. Compared to his flat mark The Resdev Way is a very well handicapped horse over jumps, but that is because he has struggled over hurdles, and only managed to make the frame for the first time in 11 starts at Huntingdon on his latest run over timber. If he is to take this he will have to take a step forward as this looks a stronger event than that at Huntingdon.

Larry Looby continues to improve in leaps and bounds but will have had to as the handicapper has raised him a further 8lb for his latest success over this course and distance 24 days ago, this now means he is 19lb higher than when winning at Hexham the time before in June. Larry Looby will face just four rivals, and his progressive profile makes him the one to beat, the race is at, and is a 0-120 handicap chase over the extended three miles and one furlong, with Emma Smith-Chaston retaining the ride.

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, Newroc & Co, Resdev, and Mr & Mrs D Lees & D Pollitt.

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