FLYING MOON (4.30) has already tasted success at Hamilton this season and Mike Smith’s gelding is fancied to score again.
The four-year-old comes here on the back of an excellent second to George Ridsdale at Ayr last Thursday and Mike Smith’s horses continue to run with credit. Rosemay, a course and distance winner last season, pipped Bawaader at Musselburgh nine days ago, while Najib’s fourth to Ayr Poet entitles him to respect. Talk Now had a rare off-day at Ayr but had earlier won well at Beverley and Musselburgh.
DANCE KING (3.55) is no back number at the age of ten and may reward an each-way interest in the veterans’ handicap. Tim Easterby’s gelding drew clear in an amateur riders’ event at Ripon two starts ago before disappointing slightly under a penalty behind Stormin Norman at Catterick. He likes to come late off a strong gallop.
Akamanto ran a fine fourth to Heart Of Soul over 1m 5f here in July and chased home Fiveandtwenty at Musselburgh on his most recent outing. Nietzsche finished just ahead of Daawy, Stonific and Flood Defence when fourth to Awesomedude at York, while course winner Donnachies Girl is keeping her form well.
HLAITAN (5.05) let down favourite backers big style at Bath last time but would go close to winning this one-mile Class 5 handicap if able to reproduce his earlier third to Bill The Butcher at Newbury. Hugo Palmer reaches for a visor. Cruising’s third to Gweedore at Musselburgh is possibly the best piece of form on display but this is his first try at eight furlongs. Breguet Boy’s fourth to Star Shield in a 15-runner Class 4 handicap at Haydock 16 days ago reads well.
MY UKELELE (5.35) has been in decent nick lately and she can gain just reward in the 1m 1f apprentices’ handicap. John Quinn’s filly posted another solid effort at Ayr last Thursday when third to Cassy O and Donnelly’s Rainbow, two horses at the top of their game. Mac Ailey, second at Doncaster and third at Haydock, should be on the premises once again.