ROMAN STONE (4.00) made a big impression at Carlisle (heavy) last month when trouncing Ralph Beckett’s Noble Music, with the runner-up coming out to run a close third to the John Gosden-trained duo Arabist and Swift Wing at Haydock, and will take a deal of beating at Hamilton.
Karl Burke had his team in sizzling form at Ayr and Roman Stone is conceding 7lb to his Modakhar, beaten a nose at Catterick 19 days ago. Bashful Boy was beaten more than 15 lengths at Killarney and is probably playing for minor money.
CHICA BUENA (5.00) has been off the track a while but she is a four-time winner over hurdles for Keith Dalgleish. She is chucked in off a basement mark of 49 in this 1m 4f Class 6 handicap if still retaining some ability. Kaizer is good enough to hit the frame.
SARVI (4.30) reappears three days after posting a fair fifth to useful Eva Maria at Ayr and will find this company less daunting. She powered five lengths clear of Set In Stone here over 1m 1f and is clearly in good heart at present. Caustic Love was a disappointment off her new lofty mark at Musselburgh but isn’t discounted if recapturing the form of her previous Ripon success. Kermouster, Dream World and Lady Alavesa all hold claims in an open fillies’ handicap.
CUBA RUBA (5.30) is a tempting each-way price in the finale if all eight runners stand their ground. Tim Easterby’s three-year-old wasn’t disgraced under a penalty behind Iron Mike at Musselburgh and was only a neck behind Funny Man at Ripon when they finished third and fourth respectively to Euro Implosion. Cuba Ruba is 4lb better off and is quoted at 7-1, whereas Funny Man is 7-4. Funny Man has since finished an excellent third to Platform Nineteen over two miles at York and the visor is retained by David O’Meara. Soloist has joined the Dalgleish operation following her Newcastle victory for William Haggas.
AUTUMN FLIGHT (2.00) is well named as he comes good at this time of year. Tim Easterby’s gelding scored over five furlongs at Hamilton (soft) last September and was back in the winner’s enclosure again 11 days ago when making all to score comfortably at Carlisle. A 4lb rise if fair. Eric Alson’s Fox Hill showed bags of speed to score at Catterick 12 days ago and will be no pushover, while first-time cheek-pieces are applied to Irish raider Fugacious.
Some disappointing types line up for the 1m 1f selling handicap and Emmet Mullins seems to have given up the ghost trying to find a race for The Last Emperor in Ireland. His gelding, formerly with Roger Varian, was sent off 6-4 favourite for a maiden hurdle at Sligo but wilted into fourth but his fifth in a handicap at the Curragh in June gives him a big chance. Another Irish challenger with a chance is ex-Mark Johnston inmate Firlinfeu, placed at Roscommon and Gowran Park, but a chance is taken on INDOMENEO (3.30). Richard Fahey’s top weight made no show at Chester but a repeat of his third to Allegiant at Newmarket puts him bang in the firing line at an each-way price.