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MYBOYMAX GOES IN SEARCH OF WIN NUMBER THREE.

We have one runner at Catterick on Wednesday when Myboymax goes to post at 4.50.pm, in a 0-75 handicap over 12 furlongs, with Aiden Brookes once again in the saddle, the going at the time of writing is good, good to soft in places, after a lot of rain on Monday. Myboymax took advantage of a very good handicap mark when winning twice in July, and August at Catterick, and Thirsk, but on his last two starts when finishing third on both occasions, he has hung when asked to make his effort to go and win the race.


MYBOYMAX. 13 March 2018. Myboycharlie-Plebeya. Owner-Anthony Bithell.


Big things were probably expected of Myboymax when he was put in to training last year as a two year old with Richard Hannon. His dam is an unraced daughter of Dubawi, who has produced three other racecourse representatives to date, two of which recorded Racing Post ratings over 90. His sire is the lightly raced Group 1 winning sprinter Myboycharlie, who was equally effective up to seven furlongs.

Myboymax ran on eight occasions for the yard of Richard Hannon as a two year old, making his debut over seven furlongs in June 2020 at Lingfield, where he finished fourth beaten by four lengths, after weakening inside the final furlong. They must have had a quick rethink because when he reappeared 11 days later at Chepstow he had been dropped back to the minimum trip of five furlongs. It appeared to do the trick as he finished a keeping on two and a quarter lengths in to second place.His next start was three weeks later at Catterick, and a step back up to seven furlongs, but after making the running, he faded from the furlong pole to finish sixth. It was back to the all weather at Lingfield in August, staying at seven furlongs, but in probably the hottest company he had taken on so far proved too much, as he failed to get involved. Four days later at Newmarket he was dropped in to selling company over seven furlongs, and with Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle, he finished a two and three quarter lengths fourth, and he would have been closer if not for becoming unbalanced in the dip. He made his handicap debut at Chepstow in September from a mark of 61, but was never better than midfield when stepped back in trip to five furlongs again. Nine days later he ran at Wolverhampton over six furlongs, he made his effort from over one furlong out, but hung left under pressure, with the jockey reporting that the horse never travelled.His final start to date,was also at Wolverhampton two weeks later, when stepped up to the extended mile for the first time, but after being slowly away, he was always towards the rear.

Myboymax arrived at Oakwood Stables after a gelding operation, and with a very attractive BHA rating of 50. He made his stable debut for us in June 2021 at Nottingham, a full eight months after his last start. Racing over 10 furlongs he was held up, but made good late headway to finish in fourth, four and a half lengths off the winner, showing that he had trained on. He finished third back at Nottingham three weeks later in slightly better company, and once again he was staying on towards the finish. From his lowest mark yet of 48 he got his head in front for the first time at Yarmouth 17 days later, coming home with more in hand than the three and a half lengths would suggest. He was obviously a very well handicapped horse, and he proved that again next time at Catterick in August when winning comfortably again by three and a half lengths, when stepping up to 12 furlongs for the first time. From a 7lb higher mark At Thirsk 10 days later, and now carrying a further 6lb, taking his rating to 61, he finished third beaten by a length, but he was denied a clear run, after hanging left inside the final furlong. On his latest start at Musselburgh when stepping up in trip again, this time to 14 furlongs, he hung again when asked to make his effort, but still managed to fill the third spot, four and three quarter lengths off the winner. Myboymax appears to go well on good, and good to firm ground, but will probably act just as well on good to soft, as well as being proven on a artificial surface. Since arriving at the yard he has always been ridden by our stable apprentice Aiden Brookes.

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