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Foster'sisland finally got his act together at Carlisle on Monday afternoon when winning the two miles and one furlong division two of the 0-105 handicap hurdle by a very easy 21 lengths.

Foster'sisland has some very decent bumper form from last season,which probably entitled him to be closer to a 110 rating, rather than the 89 he won off, but in three novice hurdles attempts, and a first go in handicap company this season, he had failed to spark. Racing too keenly was the problem, but even so he was keen in the early part of this race, he showed he is maturing by settling once the pace quickened.

I hate to think what the handicapper is going to do, but he should still be eligible for this grade next time.

Congratulations to the connections, The Oakwood Nobels.

This piece first appeared on the website on June 11th, 2020.

FOSTER'SISLAND. 12 April 2015. Trans Island-Mrs Eff. Owner-The Oakwood Nobels.

On what he has shown us so far Foster'sisland looks well up to winning races, in his four appearances to date he has improved with every race, and most importantly of all, has shown a willing attitude on each occasion.He is by the Group 1 placed Trans Island, and is the first progeny of Mrs Eff, a three time hurdles winner in 2013.

Foster'sisland made his debut at the North Yorkshire point to point track of Heslaker, as a four year old, representing the yard of Chris Dawson.He finished third of the five runners, beaten under two lengths, gaining valuable experience.

He was transferred to Oakwood Stables for his rules career, which to date has consisted of three bumper runs, where he has been partnered by our stable conditional Emma Smith-Chaston on each occasion.

He made his rules debut at Haydock on December 30th, 2019, finishing third, after racing prominently throughout, he was outpaced from two furlongs out, and only weakened from the furlong marker. The winner of the race Ask a Honey Bee, had won his previous race, and would win again, before finishing down the field in the Cheltenham Festival bumper. On the face of it, finishing sixth at Wetherby in February on his next start, looked a shade disappointing, but he received a higher Racing Post Rating than he had at Haydock previously.Once again the winner of the race was Ask A Honey Bee, who was 3lb worse off, but Foster'sisland had narrowed the winning margin from 20 lengths at Haydock to 14 lengths at Wetherby.

He has raced on one more occasion since, finishing second at Catterick to the Jamie Snowden trained Anythingforlove, with a previous winner 13 lengths back in third.

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

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