THE RETURN OF OUR SUPERSTAR CORNERSTONE LAD.
We have two runners for Redcar's biggest day of their season this coming Saturday, where the ground at the time of writing is soft, good to soft in places.
In the 1.10.pm race Heresmax becomes our first two year old runner of the season when racing over the straight seven furlongs, with Paul Hanagan taking the ride. Heresmax has got a lot to live up to, as four of his siblings have achieved marks of 90 or more.His sire Gutaifan won the Group 2 Flying Childers at Doncaster back in 2015, and he is a son of Dark Angel, but there is stamina on the dam's side.
Cornerstone Lad is the best horse Micky has ever trained, with an official hurdles rating of 159, only Sam Spinner in the North of England can claim to be his equal. Cornerstone Lad won the prestigious Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle last November, and probably bettered that at Haydock in January, when finishing third, going down by three quarters of a length, giving weight to both Ballyandy, and Pentland Hills. Unfortunately he failed to fire in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, but has since undergone wind surgery.
For the last two seasons Cornerstone Lad has had a run on the flat prior to going hurdling, In 2018 he finished fifth at Redcar, beaten a length and a half, and last season he won first time out at Catterick from a mark of 65. On Saturday he races off 71, over one mile and six furlongs, with Billy Garritty who has a 100% record on him, having won on him three times, from three rides over hurdles, taking the ride.This race will put him spot on for the next stage of his career, which could well be jumping fences for the first time in the next month.
Good luck to the connections, M. Andrews, and Mrs B M Lofthouse.