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CORNERSTONE LAD TO CONTEST THE CASTLEFORD CHASE.

We send three runners to Wetherby for the second day of their Christmas meeting, where the going is currently soft, good to soft in places, and there is a lot of rain expected on the day.


You Say Its Over has finished runner up on both of her last two starts, both in heavy ground which suits, so any rain which comes will hold no fears. She is now 1lb lower than for her last start at Hexham two weeks ago, when she goes to post for the 0-100 conditional jockeys handicap hurdle, over three miles, with Emma Smith-Chaston on board for the first time.


Shighness was a very consistent tough mare when winning twice over hurdles last season, and the thinking is that she will be an even better chaser. Surprisingly in two starts over fences to date she has failed to get competitive, but it will be only a matter of time until she becomes more fluent at her fences, and her falling mark of 107 is attractive. Shighness runs at 1.0.pm, in the 0-120 mares handicap chase, over three miles, with the champion jockey Brian Hughes back in the saddle.


Cornerstone Lad skipped his intended target on Boxing Day in order to contest the far more prestigious 0-150 handicap, the 'Castleford Chase,' at 2.45.pm, the race his illustrious ex stable mate Just Cameron won back in 2017. Cornerstone Lad who officially turns 10 on Sunday, and will be partnered by Brian Hughes, doesn't possess the speed he once did, but that is reflected in his falling handicap mark. Cornerstone Lad loves the mud, so the predicted rain would be a bonus.


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, Resdev, Keep The Faith Partnership, and Mrs B M Lofthouse.


Cornerstone Lad.


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