WITH the loop considered too dangerous after waterlogging, all races at Hamilton will be run over five and six furlongs on the straight course (which will please the stall handlers if nobody else).
Low-grade sprints aren’t really my cup of tea so stakes will be altered accordingly but in-form TWENTYSECONDSTREET (3.25) must go close wearing the very successful Thistle Bloodstock silks. The three-year-old nailed Autumn Flight on the line over course and distance and followed that up the next day by chasing home Fairy Stories under a 6lb penalty. He has no problem with heavy ground.
AUTUMN FLIGHT (4.30) had his rivals well strung out before halfway eight days ago before being caught and the drop to five furlongs should make him very hard to catch if in similar trailblazing mood.
Mark Johnston saddles MAKYON (2.55) under top weight in the nursery and his colt may well have benefited from a short break. Makyon scored by almost four lengths on soft at Ayr in July before finding Pop Dancer too good at Musselburgh in August.
A few promising types go to post for the Class 4 Novice Stakes, with Tim Easterby’s ART POWER (4.00), third to Roger Varian’s Ascension on debut at Newcastle, getting the nod over the Kevin Ryan-trained Duesenberg, a promising fourth at Haydock (soft), and Mick Channon’s Pontefract scorer Jeannie B. Art Power is an each-way price.
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