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The going at Newcastle at the time of writing is soft, and we have four runners contesting three events.

First up at is the ex Polish Excalibur, he got off the mark for us at Sedgefield in November of last year from a mark of 77, and will race off 5lb higher this time. He made his seasonal debut 12 days ago at Carlisle, and that race will have gone a long way to getting him straight. Thursday's trip, and ground are fine, and Aiden Macdonald will take off 10lb.

We run two in the, the two miles and six furlongs novice hurdle, with both horses looking for their first handicap mark.Marvellous Joe has run in a bumper, and three hurdle races to date, and has yet to get competitive, this will be his first try at this trip, with Joe Colliver who has always ridden him, retaining the ride.

We also run Who's The Guv'Nor whose best run to date was on debut in a bumper at Market Rasen in May 2018, after one more run he had wind surgery, and made no show in a further bumper, and two hurdle races, Alain Cawley takes over from the injured Emma Smith-Chaston in the saddle.

Birdigala is our final representative in the, the two miles 0-100 handicap hurdle.In six runs since arriving from France he has struggled to find the form which saw him finish second at Guingamp in September 2018. His handicap mark continues to fall, and his current rating of 89 would be more than good enough to see him home on that French form.

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, M.H.O.G., Joe Buzzeo & Partner, Mr & Mrs I P Earnshaw, and Rosemary Hetherington And Partner.

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