RARE GROOVE (2.35) showed his liking for the Hamilton hill when scoring here in August and his recent comeback third to Eddystone Rock at Leicester reads a strong piece of form in this grade. He usually performs at his best with a little juice in the ground but there should be a good covering of grass, with no jar, for Hamilton's inaugural 2019 fixture.
SHARP DEFENCE (3.45) has also gone well at the track, his best effort coming when fourth to Dark Defender in August. He finished fourth in a 22-runner handicap at Naas last week so is coming here fighting fit.
David O'Meara's Three Saints Bay was an expensive flop at Goodwood yesterday but hopefully MAKAWEE (3.10) will get the show back on the road. She won over 1m 4f at Musselburgh last September and holds Pammi on that run. The betting market should tell us what is expected following a 240-day absence.
William Haggas should saddle a short-priced double with Deputise and Al Hadeer but the other recommended bet is ZODIAKOS (4.55) in the concluding mile handicap. Roger Fell's gelding ran third to Casement at Pontefract and seems to appreciate this stiff tracks.
In the Qipco 1000 Guineas, I've bet QABALA (3.35) win only and FAIRYLAND each-way. Qabala was particularly impressive when winning the Nell Gwyn Stakes here last month, while Fairyland won four of her five starts racing at a high level last season.
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