SEVEN RUNNERS ON TUESDAY.
Updated: Dec 14, 2020
We send six over the jumps to Catterick, and one up to Newcastle on the all weather.The going at Catterick is soft, with the chance of further rain to come.
We run three in the opening event the 12.20.pm, which is a amateur riders 0-105 handicap hurdle.Getaway Jewel will be partnered by Becky Smith who made eye catching headway to finish fourth at Sedgefield 11 days ago, on his second start for us. In five starts in Ireland he had shown next to nothing, so this was a big step forward, this step up in trip of two furlongs should suit, from the same mark.
Onenightintown is also ex Irish, and he two has struggled for form when trained elsewhere, but unlike Getaway Jewel he has yet to be competitive in both of his runs for us. His mark has dropped 9lb for those two races, and he is stepping up in trip by two furlongs. He will be partnered by our very own James Waggott.
Serena Brotherton has not ridden over jumps for 11 seasons, and rode her only ever winner in that discipline in the 2003-2004 season. As a Lady Amateur jockey she has been the most successful, and respected over the last 20 years. She has ridden an amazing 126 winners on the flat, and many of the jockeys riding against her were not even born when she had her first ride in 1994. Sereena will partner Russian Royale who has been a tremendous servant to the yard for the past six seasons, and has now dropped to a lifetime low mark of 79. She is coming up to 11 years old, so isn't getting any faster, and she definitely wouldn't want the ground to get any softer.
Penpal arrived in the yard after winning a claiming hurdle at Pau in France back in May, for which he has received an official mark of 120. He made his debut for us in a novice hurdle at Catterick 25 days ago, his first run in six months, when making no show in the race where Stormin Norman was fourth.Once again he will have to carry a penalty in this novice hurdle, with Alain Cawley retaining the ride at 12.50.pm.
Walkonby has all the necessary requirements to make up into a decent hurdler, she acts on soft ground, stays at least 10 furlongs on the flat, and achieved a best BHA rating of 77 when trained by the Mick Channon yard, winning four of her 14 starts.She was too keen on her hurdles debut at Wetherby last month, but with that experience behind her, we should see more of the real Walkonby, Becky Smith is in the saddle, for the 1.55.pm race.
Maison D'Or returns to Catterick for the three miles and one furlong 0-115 handicap hurdle at 2.25.pm, the scene of his win in November of last year. Maison D'Or was fourth over course and distance last month running close to his best, and he will be in the mix again providing the ground doesn't get too soft, from a mark 5lb above his last win. Alain Cawley takes over in the saddle for the injured Emma Smith-Chaston.
We also have a runner on the all weather at Newcastle when Just Jean contests the 1.45.pm, with Andrew Mullen who knows her well, back in the saddle, having been unavailable the last twice.Just Jean goes over the extended 12 furlongs for the first time, and in two previous attempts at the track over eight and 10 furlongs, she has been staying on.If she consents to give her best she could go well at a big price.
To find a list of all the 87 horses currently in training at Oakwood Stables, and Sharp Hill, go to www.mickyhammondracing.
Good luck to the connections, Mkjp Racing, M.H.O.G.,Raypasha, The Golden Cuckoo, Cheltenham Trail & Cleeve Racing Club, D Lees, and Mr and Mrs Paul Chapman.