The ground was on the soft side of good at Hamilton on Monday morning, but a dry forecast suggests conditions will be good for today’s feature card.
In the feature contest 3-y-old Legendary Day will appreciate the step up to did not look at ease on the July course and it would be no surprise to see him bounce back with the step up to an extended 9f from a mile considered a plus.
The each way vote, however, goes to the unexposed Rich Dream (3.25) who is bred to be smart and made a promising belated reappearance when runner up at Wolverhampton back April. His subsequent absence from the track is a slight concern – he was taken out of his next intended start on account of soft ground the following month – but he has a good draw in stall five and he finished fourth – beaten 5L – in the Convivial Maiden at York 12 months ago on debut.
That is the most valuable juvenile maiden in the racing calendar and that is the selection’s only previous start on good ground. There was 6/1 available on Monday but he is 9/2 with 10Bet at the time of posting.
There is not much to choose between Amourie and Peerless Percy on their recent Catterick run when they finished second and third behind Tim Easterby’s lightly raced 3-y-old Eye Knee and a market move for the handicap debutant Hellenista representing the same stable would be worth noting although she has shown next to nothing in three starts to date.
The vote, however, goes to Desert Quest (4.00) who has improved for the step up to 1m 6f in recent starts but should be able to cope with today’s drop back in trip with Cam Hardie likely to ensure there is no messing about as the erstwhile Tommo might suggest.
The ew selection – 13/2 with William Hill – did us a favour when landing a gamble – 12s overnight into 5s – in a four-runner race at Nottingham last month and a 3lbs rise is fair. Going forward I do think a return to 14f or indeed a step up to 2m will suit, but I still believe the 3-y-old can cope with the drop back in distance.
There is a terrific 3-y-old only handicap over 6f at Leicester this evening and preference for Dulla Dhatti (6.25) over Zabeel Champion is marginal. The selection finished runner up at Catterick on ground likely to have been softer than ideal last time, and his previous fluent win at Hamilton on fast ground back in June suggested he could be up to defying an opening mark of seventy-nine. The selection is 2/1 with Boylesports.
At Carlisle King Of York (5.35) can make it third time lucky in the Mile Novice event for juveniles. The selection may not have been at home on soft ground at Haydock last time having shaped with promise on debut. The colt cost 350,000 gns as a yearling and has been sent off at 3/1 and 2/1 on his two starts to date which suggests he is held in some regard by the Kevin Ryan stable.
The 3s with MansionBet looks about right with the penalised La Pulga a worthy market leader given he bounced back from a moderate effort at Haydock on his penultimate start to finish a running on third in a Newmarket nirsery last time. He should appreciate the step up to a mile.