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THE SHOW ROLLS ON TO WETHERBY ON THURSDAY.

Our busy week continues with six declared for Wetherby on Thursday afternoon where the going at the time of writing is soft, good to soft in places.

We are doubly represented in the first at 12.40.pm, a three miles 0-110 conditional jockeys handicap chase. Amber Run has raced twice for us since arriving from Ireland in the autumn of last year, and he has pulled up on both occasions at Wetherby. In seven races in Ireland, in two bumpers, and five hurdle races he also failed to get competitive. Since those two runs for us his mark has dropped by 8lb to 82, Jack Hogan who was on board last time retains the ride.

We are also represented in the race by Trimmers Lane who will once again be partnered by Emma Smith-Chaston. Trimmers Lane was a winner over this course and distance back in December 2020 by seven and a half lengths, and will now race from a 6lb higher mark. Trimmers Lane made a satisfactory return at Southwell over hurdles after being off the track for nearly a year, but then he took a backward step when pulling up, also over hurdles at Catterick 26 days ago.

The very exciting Piecederesistance runs in the two miles juvenile hurdle at 1.10.pm, with Conor O'Farrell retaining the ride. The ex French Piecederesistance was a winner, and placed on the other three occasions he ran as a two and three year old in France, recording a best RPR of 90. He was sent off at 10/11 favourite on his stable debut at Sedgefield back in November, but lost all chance when blundering badly at the sixth flight, but to his credit he rallied to finish a 16 and a half lengths third.

We are also doubly represented at 1.45.pm, in the 17 runner 0-100 handicap hurdle over the extended two miles and three furlongs. Burdigala has struggled to regain his form after missing 16 months through injury, after racing just the once for us back in December 2018. The only encouragement he gave us that he can win a race was when finishing third at Market Rasen in March of last year from a 10lb higher mark than now, but he has disappointed on five occasions since, Alain Cawley retains the ride.

Our other runner in the race is the ex French Great Raffles who showed very little in France as a four year old in three runs. In eight starts over hurdles since joining us he is yet to get competitive, and has failed to complete on his last two starts. He arrived in England with a mark of 102, and will now race off 74, Jack Hogan who can claim the 7lb will ride him for the first time.

Our final runner is Desaray Girl who goes to post for the 3.45.pm, a 0-115 mares only handicap chase over two miles and three furlongs, with Conor O'Farrell riding her for the second time. Desaray Girl was a Listed winner back in December 2019, recording a BHA rating of 133, but has badly lost her way since, which has seen her mark fall to the current 104. She will now make her chase debut, and if this does revitalise her, she is obviously a very well handicapped horse.

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Good luck to the connections, Lady S Toomes, Mrs J Hill & Partners. Ian Ender, Ryder Sugden, Rosemary Hetherington And Partner, The Golden Cuckoo, and Resdev.

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