• Ian Ender


The going at the time of writing at Catterick is soft, good to soft in places, while up at Newcastle for their twilight meeting it is currently standard on the tapeta surface.

First up at, is Myboymax in a 0-80 handicap over 12 furlongs, with Aiden Brookes who has ridden him on all of his seven previous starts this season retaining the ride. Myboymax has been a model of consistency since arriving at Oakwood Stables, finishing third three times, winning twice, and finishing runner up over this same course and distance last time out 27 days ago, on good to soft ground. He will once again meet that days winner, and that days third, but this time on more favourable terms, as the third horse has since won, and Myboymax has been left on the same mark of 64.

Our other runner at the North Yorkshire track is The Resdev Way who will contest the 0-55 stayers race at, over the extended one mile and seven furlongs with Jason Hart riding him for the first time, on what will be his 76th start. The Resdev Way was last in the winners enclosure at Wolverhampton on the all weather back in April, he then had a six months break before returning at Pontefract 22 days ago over their marathon 18 furlongs, where after once again after being slow in to stride, he stayed on to finish a 22 lengths third, showing he still retains the fire to want to be competitive. Over this sharper extended one mile and seven furlongs at Catterick he can't afford to be too slowly away, and he could also do with the ground drying out.

Up at Newcastle in the evening we are represented by the four year old gelding Gold Zabeel who will contest the 0-75 handicap over six furlongs with Andrew Breslin retaining the ride. Gold Zabeel has always had a problem with the stalls, and unfortunately it doesn't seem to be getting any better. On all of his last three starts he has lost the race at the start, but when he can get away on terms he has shown he has the ability, as when he finished a 3/4 lengths fourth at Carlisle back in July, from a 3lb higher mark than now. This trip of six furlongs would be a bare minimum, and he has been unlucky with the draw, as he will have to come out of stall one.

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, Anthony Bithell, Resdev, and D Hague.

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