WE HAVE DECLARED FIVE FOR CATTERICK'S RESCHEDULED MEETING ON SUNDAY.
Catterick had to abandon last Wednesday because the track was frozen, and have rescheduled for Sunday, where the going will be heavy, if they can pass a 8.0.am inspection. All five of our entries were due to run earlier this week.
If it gets the go ahead then the first of our five runners will be Justforjames in the veterans handicap chase at 1.0.pm Justforjames goes well at Catterick having won over this trip of three miles and one furlong in February 2019, and made a pleasing return at this track 68 days ago, when finishing third, on his first start in nearly 10 months. Unfortunately the handicapper hasn't seen fit to lighten his load, as he still runs from a 6lb higher mark than that last win. With this being a conditional jockeys race, his regular pilot Becky Smith has been replaced by Billy Garritty, who rides the horse for the first time.
Desaray Girl runs in the 2.30.pm a 0-130 handicap hurdle, she will be partnered by her regular jockey Joe Colliver.Desaray Girl's mark has now dropped to 123, and she is looking very well handicapped, if able to find her best form of last season. She ran in a Listed Mares race at Sandown 29 days ago, finishing a respectable fourth,which was her first run since minor wind surgery, she has the ground and trip in her favour,
Square Viviani returns to the track, 381 days after his last run when winning at Market Rasen back in January, he would surely have run again, but became one of those horses who missed out because of the lock-down.He took a while to find his feet after arriving from France with a mark of 117, but he is now the winner of two of his last three races, and rated 100. He is entitled to need this first run back, with his regular rider Billy Garritty once again in the saddle, at 3.0.pm.
Our elderly lady, the 11 year old Russian Royale has her 74th start, and 42nd race over hurdles in the 3.30.pm. She has always been best on a sounder surface, but can act in heavy, and now finds herself being able to run off a career low mark of just 78, aided by our conditional jockey Aiden Macdonald able to claim a further 10lb. Whether she can still get competitive under these conditions is open to question, but she was second in this corresponding race last year, from a 7lb higher mark.
In the bumper at 4.00.pm we welcome a new face to the team, when the five year old gelding Mister McArthur makes his racecourse debut in the famous silks previously worn by the Cheltenham Festival winner Mister McGoldrick, and our very own, and much missed Becky The Thatcher. Mister McArthur is the eighth racecourse representative of his dam Arctic Queen, who only raced on three occasions, starting out life being trained by Andrew Balding back in 2003. His sire is the top class middle distance performer Phoenix Reach, the winner of three Group One races, he also has three full brothers, and a full sister who have won nine races between them.
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, J4J Partnership, Resdev, Ryder Sugden, Raypasha, and Mcgoldrick Racing.