SAPA INCA (6.55) should handle testing conditions better than most in the historic Lanark Silver Bell Handicap at Hamilton.
Heavy rain is forecast and Sapa Inca fairly sluiced through the mud to score by five lengths at Newbury in June. She took her form to another level at Ascot’s Shergar Cup meeting when repelling useful Never Do Nothing and can defy a 4lb rise.
Lariat’s second to Durston at Chester on deep ground gives Andrew Balding’s four-year-old a decent chance, while Hugo Palmer’s Paths Of Glory remains unexposed. Keith Dalgleish saddles soft-ground Chester winner Dark Lochnagar and the three-year-old has proven track form as well.
FLOOD DEFENCE (7.25) boasts plenty of solid course form and handles a muddy track, as she proved by ploughing clear at Carlisle last time. Iain Jardine’s mare can make light of a 6lb rise and is too big a price at 13-2. Carbon Dating also runs the track well and briefly gave long odds-on King And Queen a scare on soft last month.
NEVER BE ENOUGH (6.25) trounced Sarvi over hurdles at Perth (heavy) earlier this month and should confirm superiority, despite a sizeable 18lb pull in the weights back on the Flat. Set In Stone beat Strong Steps over a furlong shorter last month, while Koduro takes a marked drop in grade on her return from a long absence.
REMMY D (5.55) is a loud each-way price in the Class 6 mile handicap and a repeat of his fourth to Three Castles at Ayr (heavy) over a longer trip should put him in the mix. The form of Retirement Beckons, Be Bold and Sumner Beach is intertwined, with little separating that trio.
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