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15:15 Hamilton

Quite a competitive sprint handicap over six furlongs.

Marks Choice is likely to be near the head of the market based on his admirable third in the Great St Wilfred on Saturday. He was sporting a visor for the first time and it remains to be seen whether it will have the desired effect second time round. It’s also worth noting that he has an excellent record at Ripon so that’s another concern at the likely prices.

Course and distance winners Surprise Picture and Jordan Electrics look sure to be competitive. However the best value option may be Kilconquhar.

He’s feasibly handicapped on his most recent runs, and usually runs solid races here at Hamilton, he certainly does enjoy a stiff test at the distance. Hopefully he should get a decent pace to aim at, and pick up a place at least.


19:10 Wolverhampton

A classified event over a mile and a half, looks a moderate affair. However this should be easier to narrow down, with plenty of negatives against the field.

Fellowship could go off favourite here, but there’s plenty of reasons to oppose. Having shown very little as a two year old before scraping home on three year old handicap debut, he’s shown nothing since. Maybe the effect of the headgear has worn off after that first success.

Eminent Angel makes her handicap debut after showing very little. She would have to improve plenty even in this basement grade.

Jenny Ren certainly has a chance. She has been competitive in recent races after winning over course and distance back in February.

The selection is Gold Standard. His recent starts on turf have been average, but there’s no doubt he’s a better horse on the all weather. He’s not a frequent winner, however he looks a standout in the context of this race. Dropped in grade, from a shrewd yard, he’s been found a great opportunity to add to his tally.


written by Matt Polley


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