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Go Athletico was a winner on Sunday at 7/2. It was nice to see him win as sometimes it can be painful to follow a horse a few times, but I knew he handled the ground better than most and he had the added stamina which was going to be crucial on the testing ground.
Hamilton 3:30 – Dundory 11/4 (1pt)
This Veterans' Handicap is a tough one to pick a winner out of, but John O'Shea wouldn't be sending Dundory up to Hamilton from his Gloucester base if he didn't believe he had a very strong chance of winning.
It's a long way to travel for just £6k to the winner, and even longer if you don't win, so I can't see why John would send his horse this far for nothing. His horse loves soft ground and Hamilton is expecting 9mm in the early hours of Monday morning, so that should put the ground into stamina-testing conditions which will be perfect for Dundory. He ran a very good race at Goodwood last time out on drying good to soft ground. With the ground drying out it wasn't ideal but he still ran with plenty of optimism that when he runs on soft ground he would be winning very soon, and I think that day is today.
Not only did he run well at Goodwood, he was looking like he would enjoy the stiffness that Hamilton has to offer. He ran over 12f last time out, but Goodwood isn't anywhere on the level of Hamilton in terms of a stamina test, I think the stiff uphill climb when turning for home will play to his strengths. Hollie Doyle is a good jockey booking, she is obviously top drawer, but her current form is very good as she will be riding with plenty of confidence as well as the fact she is 5/14 when riding for John O'Shea (36% SR).
Nothing else on Monday catches the eye, it seems like a generic start to the week with plenty of racing, but most of it being very poor, so I'll be staying away from any other races.
Hamilton Park - 3:30 pm