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IT'S CARTMEL FOR US ON WEDNESDAY EVENING.

We send four up to Cartmel, where the going is currently described as good, good to soft in places.



We are doubly represented in the first race at 5.50.pm, in the two miles and one furlong novices hurdle. Bunker Bay achieved a best BHA rating of 72 on the flat for his previous yard when finishing second at Sandown over 14 furlongs last July. Since arriving at the yard he has now run in two novice hurdles and is yet to get competitive. He will be eligible for a handicap mark after this, and will gain much valuable jumping experience here, where he will once again be partnered by Emma Smith-Chaston.



Our other runner in the race is Mandega, who left the form of his previous eight starts for us over the jumps and on the flat behind him, when finishing an excellent third on the flat at Doncaster 11 days ago. If he can transfer that run now he is back over hurdles, he will be well in the mix. Mandega will be partnered by Alice Stevens for the first time.



Gastibelza is an eight year old mare, who after arriving recently from France, made her stable debut in a chase at Ludlow 57 days ago, where she was let down by her jumping. She raced on 32 occasions in France, mixing chasing and hurdling, and now she returns to hurdles for us, and a good round of jumping will restore her confidence. Gastibelza runs at 6.50.pm, in the 0-120 handicap hurdle, over two miles and six furlongs, with Alice Stevens retaining the ride.



Contre Ordre probably didn't see out the longer trip at Perth last time, and this return to two miles and one furlong will suit. Contre Ordre has three noteworthy runs in the last seven months, all from higher marks than now, including now being 4lb below his last winning mark from last November. He goes to post for the 0-105 handicap chase, over two miles and one furlong, with Brian Hughes on board for the first time.



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, The Golden Cuckoo, Samuel Sutton, and Newroc & Co.


Mandega.


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