We send three up to Newcastle on Saturday, where the going is currently soft.
Howzat Hiris gave her rider Josh Thompson his first winner under rules when winning over this same course and distance 17 days ago, and although it was a step forward in form, she had previously signified that there was ability there on more than one occasion. There is no reason to think she won't be involved at the finish again, although she is now 6lb higher in the weights. The race is a 0-100 conditional jockeys novices handicap hurdle, over the extended two miles and seven furlongs, with Josh retaining the ride.
Brickadank is next up at 4.0.pm, when he has his second start over fences, in a 0-100 handicap chase, over two miles and four furlongs, with Emma Smith-Chaston taking the ride. Brickadank has shown that there is a race in him, having finished runner up twice from higher marks than now, but he does find consistency a problem, and this will be his 30 attempt to break his maiden tag, including over hurdles and on the flat.
Lincoln Burrows makes his handicap debut at 4.40.pm, in a 0-100 handicap hurdle over two and a half miles, with Henry Brooke retaining the ride. Prior to joining us over the winter Lincoln Burrows had shown only a modicum of ability in five Irish point to points, and in three runs in maiden and novice company for us, he has failed to make much impact, with his jockey reporting that on each occasion, that the horse was hanging left (twice at Carlisle, and latterly at Wetherby.) He starts his career handicapping from a mark of 89.
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Good luck to the connections, Sticky Wicket Racing, A & S Associates, and K Jardine R Griffiths.