• Ian Ender


If it's Champion Hurdle day at Cheltenham, then it must also be Sedgefield races, who always race on the same day every year. Unfortunately we don't have a runner at the Festival this year, but we will have plenty of runners during the course of the week in the North of England.

The going at Sedgefield should be on the softer side of good, and our first runner Getaway Jewel runs at, in the 0-105 handicap hurdle, over the extended two miles and three furlongs, with the champion jockey Brian Hughes booked for the ride.Getaway Jewel has been knocking on the door, finishing fourth, third, and second, in his last three runs, a repeat of his second at Catterick 28 days ago will obviously see him go close, even so he has been raised 2lb for that run.

Lucou makes a quick return to the track, only a week after he dropped away tamely at Newcastle, prior to that he had finished third to his stablemate Foster'sisland at Carlisle. He runs in the extended two miles 0-110 handicap hurdle at, with Conor O'Farrell riding him for the first time. Lucou is an exceptionally well handicapped horse, having dropped 37lb in the ratings since arriving from France in July 2019, but of course he currently isn't running to that previous level at the moment.

Howzat Hiris continues her education at, in the extended two miles bumper, with Connor O'Farrell also riding her for the first time. Howzat Hiris has run twice to date at Wetherby over their extended 12 furlongs, finishing sixth on debut, and running to a similar level when fourth there on her last start 63 days ago.

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

Good luck to the connections, MKjp Racing, A Walsh, J Hill, S Toomes, and Sticky Wicket Racing.

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