WE TAKE A TEAM OF FOUR TO SEDGEFIELD.
Sedgefield stage an eight race card for the third meeting of their new season, and there should be a little easing in the ground with 'good' being the current description.
First up for us is the exceptionally well handicapped Ballycrystal at 3.35.pm in the extended two miles and three furlongs handicap hurdle. At his peak back in 2017-2018 he was rated 130 over hurdles, and fences, but it has been a downward spiral, as he has lost his way since, and on Tuesday he will line up from a mark of 96, Becky Smith retains the ride.
Max Cennetig carries the same colours as our stable star Cornerstone Lad, and he goes to post in the two miles handicap chase at 4.10.pm. He was in the form of his life in May, June, and July of last year, winning at Market Rasen, and being pushed up 14lb by the handicapper. He has found life tougher since, and from Tuesday's mark of 86, there is little room for any error, Becky Smith who was third on him over course and distance last season, takes over from the injured Alain Cawley.
Rockliffe drops back to two miles in the handicap hurdle at 4.45.pm, having raced in better company at the track over an extra four furlongs last month.He has now had three runs since the resumption of racing, and has dropped to a mark 5lb below his last win at Catterick in December 2018, our stable conditional Aiden Macdonald takes off a very handy 10lb.
Our final runner is at 5.45.pm when the four year old gelding Hey Blondie makes his racecourse debut in the bumper, which looks to have attracted two or three decent looking prospects.Hey Blondie is French bred, and the second produce of his unraced dam to see a racecourse.His sire Gris De Gris was the winner of three Group races in France, and produces winners on the flat, and over jumps, stable jockey Joe Colliver takes the ride.
Good luck to the connections, A & S Associates, Mrs B M Lofthouse, RM&T, S Toomes, J Hill & Partners, and Newroc & Co.