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Oktoberfest!

It's our favourite time of the year again when it's our favourite two-day meeting at our local track FontwellPark Racecourse, the Oktoberfest. We are going there with runners on both days but we go there with three horses today which should all have great chances. Firstly, in the 4.10 the James Todd & Co Handicap Hurdle over 2m1f162y which is a Class 3 for horses rated (0-130) we have Harefield. Harefield is having his first run for us since he moved from Alan King's yard last winter. We really like this horse, he shows a lot of nice potential at home and have looked forward to running him since we first got him. He won a Novice Hurdle at Warwick in November 2017 but has been rather held back by his jumping since then having fallen three times over five starts over hurdles. We have really concentrated with his schooling since we've had him trying to get his confidence back over the jumps. Tom Cannon rides him (who rode him a couple of times when he was with Alan King) for owner Mr Andy Charity. Our main aim today with this boy is to get a nice round of jumping in to boost his confidence. Then in the 4.45 the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Chase over 2m5f135y which is a Class 2 for horse rated (0-145) we have Mellow Ben. Mellow Ben has been a great, fun horse for us having won twice over hurdles and a recent win over fences last month at Worcester. Mellow Ben was hit with a 10lb rise after that win which means he is now of a career high mark of 135 over fences. 'Ben' has form at this track having won twice here before but is yet to have a taste over the fences here. Tom Cannon rides him for owners The Broadsword Group Ltd. Then lastly we have Ramore Will in the 5.15 the James Todd & Co Ltd Handicap Hurdle over 3m1f166y which is a Class 3 race for horses rated (0-135). Ramore Will has been a terrific horse for us having won five races out of fifteen races which means he has a 33% strike rate for us. He only ran twice last season due to a sickness which was cured obviously by Plumpton where he won in May this year in tremendous style. He is running over a trip he has never run over due to the owner wanting him to but he needs to settle out the back to last the race. All of his previous races suggest he is a stayer but he is 6lb higher than when he won at Plumpton. Tom Cannon rides him for owners Mr John and Mrs Annie Farrant.

(Mellow Ben)

(Ramore Will)

(Harefield (left))

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Morestead Stables, 

Winchester,

Hampshire
SO21 1JD

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