• Ian Ender


After Just Jean ran her best race of the season to finish third at Newcastle yesterday, I got the feeling that the yard was back in form, meaning healthy and happy horses. At Wolverhampton on Friday evening we saw further proof with both of our representatives also running seasonal personnel bests, maybe even career bests. Hollie Doyle showed why she is a superstar in the making when giving Red Skye Delight a tremendous ride, getting her out of the stalls quickly from a bad draw, to race prominently, and then nearly stealing the race when kicking clear a long way from home, only to be caught inside the final furlong, but holding all the others at bay, lets hope her turn is not too far away.

But of course pride of place belongs to The Rutland Rebel, jockey Billy Garritty reported that the horse may have found the tight turns of Wolverhampton not to his liking, but it is now obvious that races in excess of two miles are what he needs. This was his second race on Wolverhampton's artificial surface, and it definitely suits. The Rutland Rebel won at Pontefract back in August 2019, but he failed to build on that, but hopefully this son of Delegator, who is also the sire of our stable star Cornerstone Lad, is now back on track.

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

Congratulations to Ryder Sugden the winning owner.

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