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IF IT'S WORLD HURDLE DAY, THEN IT MUST BE HEXHAM

Hexham always race on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, and hopefully that will happen again, because they will inspect at 8.0.am on Thursday where the ground is currently heavy, soft in places.

If they get the go ahead then we will be doubly represented by 'The Golden Cookoo's' Dontdelay ridden by Emma Smith-Chaston in the 3.55.pm, and 'The Rat Pack's' Knocknamona in the 5.15.pm, the partner of Alain Cawley.


It was over course and distance back in November of last year on similar ground, and over this marathon trip of just short of four miles that Dondelay showed tremendous bravery and guts to practically make all off a mark of 87, it will be tougher tomorrow off 93, but this specialist trip brings out the best in the horse, so there is every reason to expect another big run.


Knocknamona is now looking dangerously well handicapped off a mark of 92, he is eleven pounds lower than when winning at Carlisle thirteen months ago, and this track suits him well. He was very unlucky to be brought down at the first at Catterick back in January, so it is nearly nine weeks since his last completed race, if anywhere near his best form of last year, he will give them all something to think about.

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Micky Hammond Racing, Oakwood Stables, Middleham, DL8 4PT.