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We send two up to Ayr on Monday where it is nice to see the description of good to soft, soft in places for the going, which will suit both of our representatives.

Penpal has his second start of the season at, in the 0-115 handicap hurdle over two miles with his regular jockey Alain Cawley in the saddle. Penpal has struggled to find his best form since arriving from France in the autumn of 2020, but did show he was no back number when finishing an 11 lengths fourth under a penalty in novice hurdle company last December at Catterick. He made no show in Class 3 company at Wetherby 23 days ago, over their extended two miles and three furlongs, and now takes a drop in both grade and distance.

Foster'sisland got off the mark for the season at Kelso 16 days ago when showing he has progressed again from last year when winning decisively by four and three quarter lengths, on his first try over two miles and five furlongs. The handicapper has raised him 6lb for that effort which takes him to a new high of 111. He goes to post at, in the 0-115 handicap hurdle over the extended two miles and three furlongs, with Emma Smith-Chaston retaining the ride. This drop back in trip should not be a problem, and if he remains in the same mood as last time it will take a well handicapped one to beat him.

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, The Golden Cuckoo, and The Oakwood Nobels.

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