NOTHING leaps out today, so I'll be playing quite cannily at Hamilton. CLUB WEXFORD (4.15) is trading at bigger odds than expected and is well worth an each-way investment in the feature event.
Roger Fell’s front-runner was harried for the lead in the competitive Carlisle Bell last midweek, eventually fading into a close fifth behind stablemate Rousayan. The winner hosed up again at Pontefract yesterday and Club Wexford had previously whipped Waarif at Ayr, with that horse scoring at Windsor on Sunday.
Club Wexford is up 3lb but may enjoy a fairly easy time of it out in front. Dangers abound, with Victory Command’s sixth in the Britannia at Royal Ascot a fine effort as he was drawn on the wrong side as Biometric launched his victory charge up the stands’ rail. Mikmak found all sorts of trouble in the Carlisle Bell before running on into eighth and looks poised to strike soon. Coolagh Forest was in top form before given a well deserved break.
ECHO (4.45) has also been priced up attractively and he will appreciate this return to a quick ground having scored at Redcar (good to firm) and finished runner-up at Doncaster on a similar surface. Mark Johnston’s Mondain could be an improving three-year-old at the bottom of the weights and scored at Lingfield on his first start back from a gelding operation. He didn’t beat much that day. Qawamees ran well at Beverley but remains a maiden, which tells its own story.
PERFECT CHARM (3.45) is another each-way bet in the 6f Novice Stakes, with Paddy Power a stand-out price. Favourite Last Empire was a course and distance winner in early June but runner-up Puerto Banus was well held subsequently by a 48-rated winner at Yarmouth. Perfect Charm’s fourth to the Keith Dalgleish-trained Gometra Ginty at Carlisle could turn out to have been a fair effort.
Juniors Fantasy has been priced up favourite in a modest Class 6 handicap and his second to Three Castles at Carlisle may well set the benchmark. At more attractive odds, THE BIG HOUSE (3.15) will be better suit back on turf after disappointing slightly at Kempton (drawn very wide). He split form horse Antico Lady and Neileta at Wetherby (good to firm) and that’s solid form in this grade.
FIRMDECISIONS (5.15) represents the in-form Nigel Tinkler operation and a repeat of his run at Carlisle when beating Proud Archi puts him right in the mix.