• Ian Ender


The ground continues to dry out, and we can probably expect a good to soft surface for our runners on Monday.

Not What It Seems runs in hurdles company for the second time, having got no further than the third jump, when unseating at Catterick in December, after having being too keen.He has some very decent bumper form, having won first time up for us at Sedgefield in early December, providing he settles better this time, he should run a big race.Billy Garritty will be on board for the first time, and the race is at

The ex French Furax runs over fences in the 0-125 handicap chase over two miles and three furlongs at, with Connor O'Farrell riding him for the first time. Furax made his debut for us over the extended three miles and one furlong at Catterick 31 days ago, and probably found the trip too far.He has been dropped 4lb since that run to 123, and should find this test more suitable than last time.

Applaus has looked a different horse this season, now that his confidence has returned, and duly took advantage of a very favourable handicap mark when winning first time out at Carlisle in November. He put in another sound effort next time to be second, and was fourth at Wetherby on his latest outing on Boxing Day.He is still 8lb above that Carlisle victory, and also takes a step up to Class 3 company. The race is at, with Billy Garritty retaining the ride.

Master Gustav makes his debut in the 'Cornerstone Lad' colours at, with Billy Garritty taking the ride. the race is a bumper, and looks well up to Wetherby's standard.Master Gustav has four siblings who have seen a racecourse, including the 153 Racing Post Rated Assemble, who has been placed in Grade 1 company at Fairyhouse.

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, Ryder Sugden, Ursa Major And Partners, The Deckchair Syndicate, and Mrs B M Lofthouse

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