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FIVE RUNNERS AT SEDGEFIELD ON FRIDAY.

We have five runners contesting four races, on what at the time of writing is good ground, good to soft in places.

Two of our representatives contest the 1.05.pm, the extended two miles 0-105 Northern Light qualifier. Burnage Boy showed improved form when sent jumping last season, finishing second in two juvenile hurdles, and receiving a mark of 107.His last two starts over jumps were disappointing, but he can probably be excused on both occasions because of the soft ground.He comes here fit, having already had four runs on the flat since the resumption of racing, and although not getting competitive, he has run with some promise twice on the all weather at Newcastle, Joe Colliver takes the ride.

We also run Getaway Jewel in the same event, this will be his sixth start, and second for us.When trained in Ireland he ran in one point to point, and four hurdle races without getting competitive, and he made his first start for us at Market Rasen 15 days ago, when finishing ninth of the 11 runners. He has been dropped 5lb for that run to 93, and Becky Smith retains the ride.

Commanding Spirit will be more at home on this surface, than the heavy ground he appeared not to enjoy at Hexham last time. Prior to that he had run with promise at that track when finishing forth, beaten by eight lengths, but staying on over three miles. He now steps up a further two furlongs, which will suit, but he is 3lb higher in the weights, Billy Garritty who knows the horse very well is on board at 1.40.pm.

Foster'sisland has his third start over hurdles at 2.15.pm, in the extended two miles and three furlongs novice hurdle.He had some decent bumper form last season, but jumped badly on his hurdles debut at Wetherby back in October. He received a nice confidence booster when beaten 38 lengths in to third, by two above average performers at Sedgefield last month,and this race also looks above average, with Joe Colliver once again in the saddle.

Our final runner is the ex Irish Not What It Seems who makes his debut for us having already run in three bumpers for the Gordon Elliott yard over the summer, where he finished runner up twice.This will be the last time he is eligible to race in this discipline, where he sets a fair standard, but there are others in the race with good form as well, the race is at 3.25.pm, with Joe Colliver in the saddle.

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Good luck to the connections, JFW Properties Ltd, MKjp Racing, Mrs Jennifer Hill & Mrs Samantha Toomes, The Oakwood Nobels, and Stephen Sugden And Ryder Sugden.

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