• Ian Ender


We send two runners to Ayr on Friday, where the going at the time of writing is good to soft/good in places, which is very welcome at this time of year.

First up at, is Desaray Girl in the extended three miles Class 2 handicap hurdle for mares only, with Alain Cawley retaining the ride. Desaray Girl was a Listed winner back in 2019, and appeared to be going all of the way to the top, but unfortunately has lost her way. Her best run this term was at Sandown back in January when finishing a 13 lengths fourth in Listed company, form which would probably be good enough to win this from her now much reduced mark of 119, but in three further attempts her form has regressed further. She now takes a significant step up in trip, to see if that can produce some of the old spark.

Schiehallian Munro is a quality horse, who always gives his running, and after finishing runner up on his last three starts, could well have been found the ideal opportunity. The race is a Listed event over the extended two miles and four furlongs, and the champion jockey Brian Hughes is booked to ride him for the first time. There is no such thing as an easy Listed race, but none of his six rivals appear to have much to hide from the handicapper, and only Schiehallian Munro finished in the first three last time out. Schiehallian Munro also appears to be more or less in the handicappers grip being rated 140, but he has consistency on his side, as well as being still relatively lightly raced.

To keep up to date with all the latest happenings at Oakwood Stables, and Sharp Hill, click on 'NEWS' at www.mickyhammondracing.

Good luck to the connections, Resdev, and Tennant, Lynch, Sharpe, and Boston.

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