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Jockey Paul Hanagan’s three-timer push at Beverley
Paul Hanagan can play a starring role tomorrow at Beverley’s final meeting of the season by completing a treble and capturing the feature race.
The former dual-champion jockey rides for Newmarket trainer Jeremy Noseda in the £11,500 Eddie And Violet Smith Conditions Stakes aboard Valbchek, who is selected to make it third time lucky this season.
A close-up second at Doncaster on his reappearance, Valbchek was beaten only a length and a half into fourth place by Tropics in a Listed event at Newmarket on his latest start.
He faces no easy task here with the likes of Doc Hay, the evergreen Borderlescott and the speedy Excellete among the opposition, but Valbchek, a dual-winner last term, looks poised to return to the glory trail.
Hanagan can begin the day with a winner aboard Rawoof in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
The Ed Dunlop-trained filly stepped up on her mid-field placing on her debut at Newmarket when finishing second at Doncaster last month. There is surely more to come from her.
Stellarta, who lines up in the Thanks For Your Support in 2013 Maiden Auction Stakes, is napped to be another winner for Hanagan.
Trained by Michael Blanshard, the two-year-old has run up a sequence of placed efforts without getting her head in front, but she went down by only a whisker at Chepstow a couple of weeks ago.
In the MPH Label Handicap, Hernando Torres could provide Anna Hesketh with a memorable success.
Having ridden as an amateur up until recently, Hesketh has now transferred to the apprentice ranks and is currently seeking her first win as a professional. She scored on this Mick Easterby-trained gelding on this course in July and it wouldn’t be the greatest surprise to see an encore take place tomorrow.
Jim Goldie may have failed in his bid to become the first Scottish trainer to win the Ayr Gold Cup since Nigel Angus with Roman Warrior in 1975 when Jack Dexter could finish only third in Saturday’s showpiece sprint, but the Glasgow handler has good prospects of figuring on the scoresheet at his local Hamilton circuit this afternoon.
Goldie saddles Compton Heights in the Collect totepool Winnings At Betfred Shops Handicap, which closes the card.
A respectable second to Lothair on this course three weeks ago, nap selection Compton Heights can go one better this time, though his reward will be only a tiny fraction of what Jack Dexter would have picked up if he’d struck gold at Ayr.
After a couple of barren months, Nigel Tinkler bounced back with a vengeance last week when saddling three winners in three days.
Teetotal, who completed the treble at Pontefract, turns out again in the Try A totetrifecta At totepool.com Handicap and should be hard to beat.
The three-year-old won an apprentice race last week and therefore has no penalty to carry this time. Provided he copes with this drop back to five furlongs from six, he looks sure to go well with Danielle Mooney again the saddle.
In the featured £23,000 totepool.com EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes, Kevin Ryan’s Hopes N Dreams bids to put her Hamilton experience to good use as she goes for her sixth course success.
2.10 Upholland, 2.40 Teetotal, 3.10 Act Your Shoe Size, 3.40 Proximate, 4.10 Hopes N Dreams, 4.40 Polar Forest, 5.10 Compton Heights (NAP).
Today’s other meetings: Kempton and Leicester.
2.10 Rawoof, 2.40 Bold And Free, 3.10 Stellarta (NAP), 3.40 Valbchek, 4.10 Relight My Fire, 4.40 Hernando Torres, 5.10 Barton Bounty, 5.45 Rub Of The Relic.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Carlisle, Lingfield and Newton Abbott.
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