Mick will make his jumps debut in the juvenile hurdle at 12.20.pm, with the promising conditional William Shanahan having his first ride for the stable.
Mick's form was on an upward curve after finishing a very promising third at Doncaster two runs ago, but he disappointed at Beverley last time, with perhaps a combination of racing too freely from the front, and the very stiff two miles, being factors.The best of Mick's flat form would be good enough to see him involved on his first attempt, at this new discipline.
Max Cennetig who races in the same colours as our stable star Cornerstone Lad returns to the scene of last seasons winning debut over fences. He backed up that effort with two solid placings, but will return from a 277 day break, still 14lb higher in the weights than when he won.He seems to have taken well to chasing, and stable jockey Alain Cawley rides him for the first time.
Good luck to the connections The Faiseur De Miracle Patnership, and Mrs B M Lofthouse.
MICK is a three year old gelding by 2000 Guineas winner Makfi, and the first produce of her dam,Sereza, who is by Pivotal. Sereza only raced on four occasions, all as a three year old, in Ireland, winning a maiden at Gowran Park, and earning an official rating of 95.
Mick didn't race as a juvenile, but has raced four times at three, between January, to March 2020, on the all weather. He made his debut at Wolverhampton in January, over a mile and a half, with Graham Lee in the saddle, he looked very green, and after being slowly away, did make a little late headway. He was sent to Newcastle three weeks later, this time with 7lb claimer Rhona Pindar in the saddle. Mick was taking a significant drop in trip to a mile, and after challenging for the lead two out, weakened to finish fifth, of the six runners, but beaten by just five lengths
He was back at Newcastle 12 days later, racing over the same trip, with Graham Lee back in the saddle.He was given a more patient ride on that occasion, but after making his effort at halfway, he dropped out to finish sixth of the eight runners, but was now eligible for a handicap mark. Mick has raced once more, making his handicap debut at Wolverhampton off a mark of 65, over the extended one mile, and one furlong. He was slowly away from a poor draw, in stall nine, but he did make some late headway to be beaten just a little over eight lengths.
Mac Cennetig has the honour of running in the same colours as our stable star Cornerstone Lad. He is out of an unraced mare, by the American sire Tidaro, and by the 2003 St Leger winner Brian Boru.He has raced on 27 occasions to date, 22 times over hurdles, three times over fences, and twice in bumpers.
He started his career in Ireland in the care of Joseph O'Brien, making his debut when finishing down the field in a Cork maiden hurdle, in July 2016.He showed his first form three weeks later in a bumper at Rosscommon, when keeping on well to be a four lengths third of the 11 runners, but later in the month he tailed off in another bumper this time at Kilbeggan. He was off the track for a year after that, not returning until August 2017, where he finished down the field in two maiden hurdles, and also on his first venture in to a handicap, but on his final start for the O'Brien yard, he just lost out by a nose at Thurles, from a mark of 93. Mac Cennetig arrived at Oakwood Stables shortly after that, and made his debut for us at Sedgefield in December, where he was never travelling, and after a similar effort at Wetherby on Boxing Day, it was decided that he needed wind surgery.On his return in May 2018 he raced on two more occasions, at Market Rasen, and Hexham, and then once again he was off for a further wind corrective operation.
He returned at Hexham in September, and raced a further nine times through until the following April,with his mark tumbling to just 75. At Sedgefield in April 2019 he ran his best race yet for the yard when going down by five lengths, when finishing third under Becky Smith, and from 1lb lower in May at the same track he filled the same spot.He finally got off the mark on his chase debut at Market Rasen in July, winning decisively under Henry Brooke, but the handicapper made him pay a big price by raising him 12lb. From his new mark of 86, he ran another cracker at Sedgfield, this time finishing third under Billy Garritty taking off 5lb. His final race to date was at Southwell in October, where he clearly didn't act in the soft ground and pulled up.