• Ian Ender


The going at the time of writing for Kelso on Saturday is good to soft, which will not be a problem for either of our runners.

Foster'sisland has his second start of the season at, in 0-105 handicap hurdle over the extended two miles and four furlongs, with Emma Smith-Chaston retaining the ride. Foster'sisland finished down the field at Carlisle 23 days ago, and now steps up in trip by three and a half furlongs. He was slow to get going last season, not hitting form until his fifth start in February. His two wins last term saw him climb from 89 to 107, and he is currently rated 105 which is within his compass judged on his third at Carlisle off 107 last March.

Just Paddy's Band has his third start in bumper company at, over two miles, where he will once again carry the winners penalty that he received after winning on debut at Kelso back in March. He was not seen again until 20 days ago at Sedgefield when finishing third to two opponents who look above average. Just Paddy's Band is a big flashy imposing horse, and anything he achieves on the flat is a bonus for this future good looking chaser. Jack Hogan who rode him at Sedgefield is back in the saddle.

We also have one runner at Aintree where the going at the time of writing is soft. Profiles Mix will make his racecourse debut in a three year old's only bumper at, over two miles and one furlong, with Becky Smith taking the ride. Profiles Mix is a French bred, his dam who was unraced has had one previous racecourse representative, who in one flat run earned a RPR of 70, and in five starts over the jumps received a rating of 103. His sire Gemix achieved a BHA rating of 165 after winning two Grade 1 races at Auteuil, and Profiles Mix is from his first crop.

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, The Oakwood Nobels, Chapman, Tennant, & Turnbull, and Ms Dianne Morley & Stuart Dobson.

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