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FOUR RUNNERS IF WETHERBY GETS THE GO AHEAD.

The going at Wetherby for Monday is currently heavy, and there is standing water in places, so there will be a midday inspection on Sunday.


If it gets the go ahead then Shighness will be first up at 1.45.pm, in a mares maiden hurdle over two miles and five furlongs, with Billy Garritty retaining the ride. Shighness was a winner of a bumper at Wetherby last November, but has failed to get competitive in her first two hurdle races. She won her bumper on good ground, but has disappointed twice on a soft surface, and following this run she eligible for a handicap mark.


Onenightintown makes a quick reappearance just six days after running a personal best at Catterick. Onenightintown has been held back in the past by his temperament, but he appeared to do nothing wrong last time, and he can once again race from the same mark of 72. The race is at 2.20.pm, a 0-105 novices handicap chase, with Becky Smith retaining the ride.


We are doubly represented in the 4.40.pm, a 0-100 handicap chase over three miles. Amber Run was having his 10th career start, and the third since joining us from Ireland at Wetherby in January when showing his first sign of any real ability when finishing a 16 and a half lengths sixth, after being hampered after the third last. If he is to get involved in the finish then a further step forward is required, but he can now race from a 6lb lower mark, with Jack Hogan retaining the ride.


Our other representative in the race is the last time out winner The Very Thing, who came good in a first time visor, which is retained. The Very Thing remains a very well handicapped horse on the best of his hurdles form which saw him finish second at Wetherby in March 2020 from a 16lb higher mark than now. That win at Catterick was his fifth start over fences, and if he shows the same application again he will be a danger to all, Becky Smith retains the ride.

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, Keep The Faith Partnership. The Rat Pack Racing Club, Lady S Toomes, Mrs J Hill & Partners, and Derek Walpole.

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