A Condition Stakes over six-furlongs, this is a valuable contest with the thick end of £17k on offer for the winning connections.
Just six runners have turned up but it could be a lively betting heat. Sir Dancealot is the established Pattern-race performer in the mix but he may be challenged by an improving three-year-old.
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Has started the season with highly promising efforts behind Brando and Harry Angel in Group-race contests at Newmarket and York over this trip, seemingly has strong claims now eased in class for trainer David Elsworth.
The Richard Fahey-trained Kimberella is an established sprinter sure to give his running but of more interest may be the unexposed Laugh A Minute who has scope to improve for the Roger Varian team and gets weight from his five rivals.
The starting place must be SIR DANCEALOT following two taking displays in Group-race company this season. David Elsworth’s charge first chased home Brando in the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket in April and then, perhaps more impressively, got within 2¼L of Harry Angel in the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York (see below).
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That was a very encouraging effort and now dropped into this class with conditions seemingly in his favour, Paul Mulrennan’s mount should have a favourite’s chance of scoring a fifth win in his 19-race career.
Seemingly the danger is Kimberella, for trainer Richard Fahey. The eight-year-old was a winner at Listed level last summer over this trip and should run his race on this ground, having failed to fire last time out on heavy going at Leicester. Previous to that he’d won at Thirsk on his first turf start of the year.
Kimberella is a fair benchmark and the chances are Paul Hanagan will be out in front for most of the journey challenging the others to come and pass him if they want to win their race.
The interesting and unexposed runner amongst this sextet is Laugh A Minute for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni (pictured top) and he might just find the improvement to make a real contest of it.
Varian has his string in decent form lately (8-40) and this Mayson colt was far from disgraced in the Group 3 Pavilion Stakes at Ascot last month on his seasonal bow when finishing fourth off a 230-day break.
There must be a strong chance he’ll improve from that run and it catches the eye that the trainer comes to Hamilton, a course where he has enjoyed success in the past (3-10, with two more placed runners), including last summer with Defoe in these same colours.
These three runners make most appeal and should have the race between them, with Visionary, Eternalist and Classic Seniority all likely to be found wanting.
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Written by Enda McElhinney
Enda McElhinney is an Irish-based racing writer with an increasing portfolio of work on British and Irish racing. His daily routine is race-by-race form analysis, both on the Flat and over jumps. While the racing world must keep on turning, he is quite sure that no horse will ever pull at his heartstrings quite as much as the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Denman.