• Ian Ender


The going for Market Rasen on Sunday at the time of writing is good, and they are watering to maintain.

Ballycrystal goes to post in the first at, the Tom Halliday Memorial Conditional 0-105 handicap hurdle, with Emma Smith-Chaston riding him for the first time. Ballycrystal got off the mark for us at Newcastle on his penultimate start from a 6lb lower mark than now, but he disappointed badly on his last start at Southwell in May, where the ground may have been too soft for him. A repeat of that Newcastle run will see him firmly in the mix.

Onightintown returns to Market Rasen for the third time in the last 30 days. He has finally shown on those two previous starts that there could be a race in him at some stage, but he will have to pull out a little more if he is to win this. On his last start over two miles and three furlongs, he was doing all of his best work at the finish. The race is at, a 0-100 novices handicap chase over two miles and one furlong, with Alain Cawley retaining the ride.

High Noon is currently in the form of his life, winning his last two starts at Market Rasen, he returns to contest the, a 0-110 handicap chase over two miles and three furlongs, with Conor O'Farrell once again in the saddle. He took advantage of a handy mark on his penultimate start, and with a 4lb rise, was just as convincing last time out. He has been raised a further 4lb again, but will once again take all the beating while in this mood.

Royal Village has a touch of class and was rated 141 back in 2019. He carries top weight at, in a 0-140 handicap chase over two miles and five furlongs, with Conor O'Farrell on board for the first time. It was at this track back in May where Royal Village ran his best race to date for us when finishing third over three miles, a trip which probably stretched his stamina. He has to put a disappointing run at Cartmel last time behind him, although he did finish that race lame.

Soloheadbeg is our final representative at, a 0-115 handicap hurdle over the extended two miles for Lady Amateur Jockeys, with Becky Smith in the saddle. Soloheadbeg made a very pleasing start for us at Cartmel 32 days ago, when keeping on into fourth place, his first run for the yard since joining from the Henry De Bromhead stable in Ireland. That was his first run in nearly 11 months so he was entitled to need it.

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

Good luck to the connections, A & S Associates, The Rat Pack Racing Club, Nick Pietrzyk And Partner, Cheltenham Trail & Cleeve Racing Club, and Oakwood Minions.

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