THE track would have been well churned up at Hamilton last Friday and conditions are certain to be very demanding again today (7.00am inspection). If the meeting goes ahead ROMAN STONE (7.30) is an interesting runner for Keith Dalgleish in the 1m 4f Novice Stakes.
The three-year-old gelding made his debut over 1m 3f at Carlisle in July, doing well to split Mark Johnston’s Yellow Tiger and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Dante’s View. Roman Stone was dropped back to 1m 1f on deep ground on a return visit to the Cumbrian track in July and duly made all to score by more than three lengths. This longer distance will take some getting in the mud and he meets a worthy opponent in Ahorsewithnoname. Brian Ellison’s four-year-old scored at Catterick (soft) 16 days ago, backing up a fine third to Monica Sheriff at Haydock (heavy).
STAR OF VALOUR (5.30) failed by a nose to catch Remmy D here on Friday evening and has a clear chance of taking his revenge on 5lb better terms if nonetheworse for those exertions.
CARBON DATING (6.00) was another horse to lose out in a photo, just giving best to Donnachies Girl in a thriller. Top weight Glasses Up takes a slight drop in grade and a repeat of his close fourth to Nicholas T at Ayr in July gives him a definite chance along with Musselburgh scorer Pioneering and Richard Fahey’s Firewater.
LADY CALCARIA (7.00) has been given a nice break by Tim Easterby ahead of the Flower of Scotland Fillies’ Handicap over six furlongs. She was well beaten by Que Amor at York in July but her earlier third to Aplomb on soft ground at Nottingham is good form. Marietta Robusti was a winner at Haydock (soft) last month and should go close.
If Hamilton fails to beat the weather a couple of bets at Chelmsford City are worth considering this evening. LAWMAKING (8.15) has been running really well without quite finishing his races strongly. A wind operation has been carried out since Lawmaking's latest course and distance third and that may do the trick.
Not many handicappers win by 16 lengths on the Flat but that was the case when KENSINGTON ART (8.45) romped home at Catterick last Wednesday. He is turned out quickly under a 6lb penalty and if taking to the all-weather he should have the legs of course and distance winner Barca and Southwell scorer Thalab Ifraq.