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We send two up to Ayr on Saturday, where the going is currently soft, good to soft in places.

Cornerstone Lad showed the benefit of dropping in to Class 4 company at Newcastle two weeks ago, when keeping on in to second behind the well handicapped winner. The handicapper has seen fit to drop him a further 1lb for that run, and he is certainly a well handicapped horse at the moment. Cornerstone Lad will wear a visor for the first time, and he is the only one of the five runners in the race to have run up to form last time out. He runs at, in the 0-120 handicap chase, over the extended two miles, with his regular rider Conor O'Farrell in the saddle.

Howzat Hiris is our other representative, when she goes to post for the 0-100 handicap hurdle at, over three miles, with Emma Smith-Chaston taking the ride. Howzat Hiris was a four lengths winner just under 12 months ago at Newcastle, from 2lb lower than now, and signified she was about to get her head in front again, when finishing second at Market Rasen in December, but she has taken a backwards step on both of her two starts since. She will face 19 rivals this time, but she does have conditions in her favour.

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, Mrs B M Lofthouse, and Sticky Wicket Racing.

Cornerstone Lad.

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