SUBJECTIVIST (3.00) can give Mark Johnston his sixth Glasgow Stakes scalp at Hamilton.
Johnston, a board member at Hamilton, loves to target this Listed race and Subjectivist deserves reward for a couple of sterling efforts. He didn’t get the best of passages in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot but ran out of his skin to finish third to Hukum and Kipps.
Arguably, Subjectivist’s form moved up another level at Haydock when just failing to concede 20lb to the William Haggas-trained Favourite Moon, with Punctuation eight lengths away in third. The fact he was almost carried out at the first bend adds lustre to that performance. Convict was well behind Subjectivist at the royal meeting but should be better served by this shorter trip.
Likely favourite Tritonic failed by half a length to repel Highland Chief at Royal Ascot, handling the soft ground with aplomb, and is likely to be bang there at the business end.
A smaller field than usual lines up for the Scottish Stewards’ Cup but that doesn’t make it much less of a puzzler. Last year’s winner Air Raid is only 2lb higher but doesn’t arrive in such good nick, so is passed over. GEORGE BOWEN (2.00) finished in the ruck 12 months ago but is a massive 16lb lower. Richard Fahey’s gelding bounced back to something like his old form when denied by useful Summerghand at Pontefract nine days ago. A visor is fitted today.
Johnston saddled the runner-up last year and relies on Newmarket third Monoski and Meraas. Jim Goldie’s Call Me Ginger attracted plenty of money at Ayr but could never strike a blow. Maybe that run will have brought him to concert pitch
That man Johnston saddles Old Harbour in the Class 4 mile handicap and his Beverley third to Manaabit and Spiritofthenorth is working out well. Keith Dalgleish’s AMBER STORM (3.30) romped home by five lengths from a 77-rated rival at Musselburgh so her initial mark of 78 seems very fair. Ben Sanderson takes off 3lb.
Dalgleish may send his fan club home happy, with GOT THE T SHIRT (4.00) likely to build on his third to Le Chiffre in the mud here 13 days ago. His gelding wins a narrow vote over Thirsk runner-up Sir Havelock, trained by Richard Fahey and the mount of Ben Curtis.
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