TATSTHEWAYTODOIT (12.15) can get local trainer Keith Dalgleish off to a flying start in the opening sprint at Hamilton.
His colt made a highly satisfactory debut at Thirsk, going down narrowly to Thesoldierply, with the front pair pulling well clear. The outside stall is an inconvenience but my selection could have the legs of favourite Source Of Wealth, beaten a short-head by First Greyed here nine days ago.
MULTELLIE (2.25) couldn’t get to grips with trailblazing Sociologist last time but was clear best of the rest. He loves the track and as long as the ground hasn’t dried up too much, compensation awaits.
Grandee’s fourth to Groveman at Thirsk was another solid effort, while Funny Man has acquitted himself well at Hamilton in the past.
FRAMLEY GARTH (2.55) is my big each-way punt of the meeting in the 1m 3f handicap. This Class 6 contest represents a drop in class for Framley Garth and the eight-year-old will be sharper for his run behind in-form Flood Defence at Musselburgh. The gelding finished fourth to Rare Groove over 1m 5f here last May when racing off a mark of 77 and he is now 17lb lower.
Flying Moon was a 33-1 ‘rag’ when coming out of the pack to hunt up Smeaton here two weeks ago and if that wasn’t a flash in the pan he will be in the shake-up. Majeste is much better off with Dutch Coed on their Beverley form last June and that pair are preferred to Iain Jardine’s mare Smart Lass.
The fillies’ handicap over a mile is competitive which is reflected in an open betting market. ANTICO LADY (3.25) has plenty of experience and her fifth to Sootability at Haydock came in slightly higher grade. Third horse Garden Oasis fairly bolted up at Ripon last week to give the form a timely boost.
Let Her Loose stepped up on previous form here 18 days ago when splitting Dawaaween and hot favourite True Believer, and Richard Fahey’s three year-old could be ready to fulfil her potential. Finery is disputing favouritism but she flopped at Haydock when heavily supported early last month. Karl Burke’s filly, a Southwell winner, is surely capable of better.
Reclaim Victory was a 20-1 shot when second to Le Chiffre here nine days ago and holds Perfect Rose, well behind Le Chiffre at Beverley, on a strict form line.
SMEATON (3.55) was the toast of many punters here a fortnight ago when landing a significant gamble in facile fashion. Roger Fell’s gelding tanked through the race to score effortlessly and can make light of a 7lb rise.
Smeaton had market rival Global Excel in arrears on his previous start behind Dreamseller at Thirsk and a bigger threat may be Armed. Any horse sent north by Ian Williams is noteworthy and Armed is very well treated on some his previous form for Phillip Makin. Armed was last seen finishing in the ruck (from a hopeless draw) at Kempton behind Silver Dust, a subsequent Hamilton winner, and it would be no surprise to see money for the southern raider.
Guvenor’s Choice didn’t appear to stay 1m 2f at Ripon and the grey should be better served by this shorter trip. Dark Devil’s fourth of 19 at Doncaster last Sunday reads well but he isn’t the most reliable.