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FOUR DECLARED FOR WEDNESDAY.

We have two representatives on the flat at Catterick where the going is currently good to soft, good in places, and we also send two up to Perth for day one of their three day Perth Festival, where the going there is also described as good to soft, good in places.

First up at 1.40.pm, in the 0-60 Apprentice Handicap over five furlongs is Jungle Inthebungle who will be ridden by Billy Garritty for the first time. Jungle Inthebungle was possibly an unlucky loser over this course and distance when last seen two weeks ago when finishing fourth, as he was drawn on the wrong side in stall 2, and the first three all came up the stand side from stalls 13, 12, and 14. He has once again been unlucky with the draw in stall 1, but anymore drying out of the ground will be very much in his favour.

The ultra consistent Myboymax once again showed us at Catterick two weeks ago that he doesn't know how to run a bad race when finishing runner up to a well handicapped rival. He goes to post for the 2.50.pm, a 0-75 handicap over 12 furlongs, with Billy Garritty retaining the ride. He has been raised 1lb for that effort, but with conditions to suit, and with his consistency, he should once again be involved at the business end.

We also send two up to Perth where Desaray Girl goes to post for the 4.41.pm, a 0-120 mares' only handicap hurdle, where she will be partnered by Emma Smith-Chaston who has already won on her three times this season. That run of wins was brought to an abrupt end at Sedgefield 27 days ago when she was a well beaten fourth, but she would have found the ground far too fast for her there, so any further drying of the ground now would be a big worry.

Our final runner of the day is Late Date who was a surprise 40/1 winner at Catterick on New Years Day, this coming after a couple of below par efforts. Unfortunately he has also failed to get competitive on his last two starts since that success. Late Date was a course specialist at Perth in his younger days, and he also appreciates good ground, and remains a well handicapped horse on past exploits. His race is at 5.16.pm, a 0-105 Amateur Riders handicap hurdle over three miles, with Becky Smith riding him for the first time since finishing third on him at Kelso in December 2019. 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, Anthony Bithell, Resdev, and County Set Six & Partner.

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