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SIX RUNNERS AT THREE MEETINGS ON FRIDAY.

We send two down to Huntingdon where the going is described as good, we also send three to Market Rasen where the going is also described as good, and we also have a runner on the flat at Catterick where at the time of writing the going is good to firm, good in places,


First up at 1.50.pm, in a maiden hurdle over the extended two miles and three furlongs is our dual Market Rasen bumper winner Rory And Me, who will once again have the services of Alain Cawley. Rory And Me has a good chance of getting off the mark at this seventh attempt over hurdles on a sounder surface which will help. This step up in trip should also hold no fears.


There is no doubt that High Noon enjoys Market Rasen having won there twice and being placed on three further occasions, so it was a little surprising that on his last visit there 15 days ago he ran a bit below form to finish an 11 and a half lengths third, which can be explained away by one or two unusually sloppy jumps. If he can brush up the jumping he can take advantage of a very tasty looking handicap mark. The race is a 0-105 handicap chase at 4.10.pm, with Conor O'Farrell retaining the ride


Getaway Jewel goes to post for the 4.55.pm, a novices handicap chase over two miles and one furlong, with Alain Cawley back in the saddle. Getaway Jewel is 10lb below the mark he won off over hurdles in April of last year, and put up his best effort yet over fences last time out when going down by three parts of a length. He was very keen early on that day, and a mistake at the last didn't help his cause.


We make a rare excursion to Huntingdon where first up at 2.10.pm, is the 12 times flat winner The Resdev Way, who in 10 previous attempts over hurdles has yet to make the frame. The Resdev Way ran his best race over timber last time at Market Rasen when finishing fifth, but he will have to settle better if he is to take this off a very favourable handicap mark that he as so far failed to exploit. The race is a 0-105 handicap hurdle over the extended one mile and seven furlongs, with Becky Smith retaining the ride.


Onenightintown will take his chance at 2.45.pm, in a 0-100 handicap chase over the extended two miles, with Becky Smith riding him for the fourth time. Onenightintown has signified on a couple of occasions recently that there is possibly a race in him when finishing runner up twice at Sedgefield and Catterick in March, but he hasn't been as good on his last two starts. If he is to take this then he will have produce a personal best.


Our final runner of the day is The Retriever at Catterick at 5.48.pm, in a 0-55 handicap over his favoured seven furlongs, where he will be partnered by his regular jockey Aiden Brookes. On the all weather The Retriever has won twice, and also HAS been placed on a further eight occasions, but although he is rated 11lb lower on the turf he hasn't been able to take advantage, having been unplaced in all 12 previous starts.


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, Richard Howard & Ben Howard, Nick Pietrzyk And Partner, Phil Ellerby, Resdev, The Rat Pack Racing Club, and RM&T Holdings Limited & Partner.

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