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Newmarket handler Sir Mark Prescott in Scottish invasion
AFTER three days at Ayr, the Scottish roadshow shifts to Hamilton tomorrow for the start of a two-day meeting and an opportunity for a trainer with an outstanding record at the track to enhance his impressive statistics.
Sir Mark Prescott, based in Newmarket, hardly sends horses to this venue simply to sample the Scottish air.
In the last five seasons, his 18 Hamilton runners have yielded no fewer than seven winners at a strike-rate of 39 per cent.
Tomorrow, Prescott sends two horses to Hamilton, both of which have strong chances of returning home as winners.
Athenian is the first into battle in the feature contest, the Totepool EBF Stallions Flower Of Scotland Fillies’ Handicap.
A prolific winner last season as a juvenile, Athenian has raced only twice this term, shaping with conspicuous promise on both occasions. Narrowly beaten on her reappearance at Ripon by course specialist Spinatrix, she has since run creditably to be beaten only two lengths into fifth at Goodwood.
Athenian faces no easy task in this six-furlong contest, especially against the likes of the useful Pearl Sea and the in-form Monakova, but she has all the hallmarks of a Prescott scorer. She carries the nap vote.
North Pole is Prescott’s other raider in the Totepool Home Of King Size Pools Handicap.
Tough, genuine and consistent, the three-year-old won at Brighton two starts back and went down fighting under a penalty at Bath on his latest outing. He should take plenty of beating with Luke Morris, also the rider of Athenian, in the saddle.
Rangi Chase went into many notebooks as a horse to follow when making his debut at Haydock, and the Richard Fahey-trained juvenile has every chance of chalking up his first win in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
Despite not getting anything like a clear run in the final two furlongs, Rangi Chase finished a very creditable third at Haydock and may well have scored with a smoother passage. Compensation may await him here with Graham Lee again taking the mount.
Fahey can also score with Khelman in the Totequadpot Four Places In Four Races Handicap.
Far from disgraced when fourth to Monakova at Ripon last time, Khelman, a Yarmouth winner earlier in the season, will benefit from the 5lb claim of smart apprentice George Chaloner.
Mark Johnston, Hamilton’s most prolific trainer, also has double prospects.
The Middleham handler can score with Pigeon Pie (2.20), a close-up fourth here three weeks ago, and the consistent Discay (4.50). Joe Fanning rides the pair.
Over the sticks at Uttoxeter, Tony McCoy’s relentless pursuit of winners could be rewarded with a treble courtesy of Anger Management (2.10), Violets Boy (4.10) and Whistling Senator (4.40).
2.20 Pigeon Pie, 2.50 Khelman, 3.20 Athenian (NAP), 3.50 Rangi Chase, 4.20 North Pole, 4.50 Discay, 5.20 Pull The Pin.
1.40 Perfect Timing, 2.10 Anger Management, 2.40 Persian Herald, 3.10 Judiciary, 3.40 Hopstrings, 4.10 Violets Boy, 4.40 Whistling Senator, 5.10 Crack At Dawn.
Tomorrow’s other meeting: Plumpton.
Today’s meetings: Ayr, Newbury, Newmarket, Catterick and Wolverhampton.
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