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It's going to be tough going at Hexham on Thursday, where the ground is currently described as heavy, soft in places, and there is a possibility of rain and snow.

Kildrum is first up at, in a 0-100 handicap chase over three miles, with Emma Smith-Chaston retaining the ride. Kildrum will appreciate the heavy ground, and was a course and distance winner at this track last May. He hasn't got a lot to spare at the weights, but these are his conditions.

Visite Officielle ran in three Pontefract staying races last season and showed a willing attitude on each occasion. She has show the same aptitude since sent hurdling, with a third place finish at Wetherby on Boxing Day. She is another for whom the predicted heavy ground will hold no fears, and following this run she will be eligible for a handicap mark. The race is a maiden hurdle over two miles and four furlongs at, with Emma Smith-Chaston retaining the ride.

Trevelyn's Corn goes to post for the, a 0-100 handicap chase over two and a half miles, with Emma Smith-Chaston back in the saddle. Trevelyn's Corn has probably found the three miles on his last two starts stretching his stamina, so this step back down in trip should help, a repeat of his second over this course and distance almost a year ago will see him in the mix.

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, T M Clarke, Resdev, J Kaye & D Lees, and Mr & Mrs D Lees J Kaye & D Pollitt.

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