Race of The Day Tuesday July 03
15:451m 110yards (1700m)

Almada Mile Handicap (Class 2)

Hamilton

  • Current Favourite  First Flight
  • Current Odds 4/1
Race Analysis Runners 9 Going Good to Firm Distance 1m 110yards (1700m)

Race Overview

Staged over the undulating panhandle extended mile of this popular track situated close to Glasgow, this race has attracted a field of nine bidding for the generous prize of £30,000, a decent fund for a midweek fixture.

The race is open to three year olds and upwards rated between 81-100 and has attracted some decent handicappers, most of whom have claims if things go their way in what looks a tough race to predict.

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Favourite First Flight

Brian Ellison’s charge is closely matched with Balestra, who he beat by three-quarters-of-a-length at Ayr 10 days ago. He’s gone up in the weights but is on a hattrick and has the talented Tom Eaves on board this time.

Other Contenders

It’s hard to rule anything out of contention in the nine-runner affair, but among those with arguably the strongest claims on paper on current form are Tim Easterby’s Balestra, Baraweez, stable companion of the forecast favourite, Ventura Knight and Regulator.

Race Analysis

This is a very hard race to call but marginal preference is for Brian Ellison’s FIRST FLIGHT, who has looked in great shape of late with wins at Wolverhampton and Ayr. Although connections appear to have avoided quick ground in recent seasons he does have respectable form on the surface in the past, so despite a 4lb rise he is fancied to confirm placings with Balestra, who he beat by three-quarters-of-a-length at Ayr last time.

Balestra just missed out on a hattrick of his own that day and remains competitive despite being raised 1lb for that defeat. He is very much respected. Baraweez, stable companion of the selection, is another in fine fettle at the moment and has won two of his last three starts, both at Chester. The 5lb rise for his latest success won’t make life easy though and is likely the reason behind the booking of 3lb claimer Ben Robinson.

Ventura Knight and Regulator are the two three-year-olds taking on older horses and both are fair types. The former goes really well under the prevailing fast conditions and scored ast Doncaster on his penultimate start before being outclassed at Royal Ascot recently in the Britannia Handicap. He should find this an easier assignment. Regulator has run a few good races in defeat since scoring over 6f at Ayr last term and is open to improvement stepping up to the mile for the first time.

Keith Dalgleish’s filly Whatsthemessage has won on both previous visits to this track at this distance and on that score has to have a proper shout. She’s also been given a chance by the handicapper and should again make her presence felt. Top weight Carbon Dating may find this trip on the short side though, while fellow Irish raider Lucky Mistake could find the fast ground quicker than ideal.

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Betting.net Selection

First Flight
4/1
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Betting.net Danger

Whatsthemessage
7/1

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Written by Paul Alster

Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.