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We send two up to Carlisle on Thursday, where the going on the chase course is currently good to soft, soft in places, while on the hurdle course,it is currently considered to be soft, good to soft in places. with both of our runners racing over fences.

Mister Bells will face a maximum of 14 opponents when going to post for the 0-120 handicap chase over two and a half miles, with Emma Smith-Chaston retaining the ride. Mister Bells was a comfortable winner at Market Rasen back in March from a 2lb lower mark than now, and the trip and going are in his favour. He returned from a near four months break at Kelso 36 days ago, and that run will have helped him back to full fitness.

Everything that Shighness achieved prior to this her chase debut, was a bonus, and that included winning on four occasions, three times over hurdles, and once in a bumper. She is built to be every inch a chaser, and when she goes to post for the Class 3 novices chase over two and a half miles at, with the champion jockey Brian Hughes in the saddle, she will be doing what no doubt will suit her best, and that is jumping fences. Shighness is definitely in at the deep end on this her chase debut, taking on at least three rivals who will be thinking about Cheltenham in March, the trip is also a bare minimum, but a clear round, and an enjoyable first experience will be the order of the day.

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, Mr and Mrs Paul Chapman, and Keep The Faith Partnership.


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