The meeting at Leopardstown in Ireland stages a couple of Listed races on Thursday afternoon, the 1m Glencairn Stakes at 3.05pm and at 4.50pm the Nijinsky Stakes, run over 1m 4f. We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for both contests, restricted to three-year-old’s.
The feature race on Hamilton’s eight-race card in Scotland is the Class 2 Hampton By Hilton Hamilton Park Clyde Handicap at 2.45pm. We will also supply a Horse Racing tip for this 11-runner 6f sprint.
Our Tip for the 2.45pm at Hamilton:
To say that the Tim Easterby-trained four-year-old Lampang has failed to fulfil his juvenile potential would be an understatement, considering that the son of Dandy Man has failed to add to his first two victories as a two-year-old in seven subsequent starts.
So impressive were those wins at Carlisle and Ripon that his successful handler was already suggesting that Lampang could be in the same class as his Group 1 winning performer Pipalong. Unfortunately, those high expectations have not, as yet, materialised.
That is not to say that the mount of Jason Hart should be written off just yet, as the horse has run with credit on a number of occasions and valid excuses have been put forward when disappointing. As was the case on his most recent start when finishing last at Doncaster a month ago when found to be coughing. Despite top weight of 10st, Lampang is more than capable of outclassing his exposed ten rivals here with conditions to suit.
The Megan Nicholls-ridden Rathbone returned to form with a victory at Thirsk last month and off a 6lb higher mark is capable of following up. Lampang’s stablemate Danzan, runner-up on his two most recent starts, is the other one to consider in the hands of another talented female jockey on Ella McCain.
Our Tip for the 3.05pm at Leopardstown:
The best form on offer for this Listed contest is undoubtedly that of the Mark Halford-trained Sinawann, rated 115 following some tremendous performances as a three-year-old last year, including when beaten less than five lengths in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas.
Whether the son of Kingman will be forward enough to take this on his first start for more than nine months is open to question. But his handler is more than capable of having a horse ready for his reappearance and the mount of Ronan Whelan is taken to defy his big weight before stepping-up to group company.
Fourhometwo, from the Johnny Murtagh stable, looks the main danger following a good weight-carrying victory in a Naas handicap last time. While the best of those at a bigger price may be Up Helly Ah who has been set some stiff tasks in three starts this season.
Our Tip for the 4.50pm at Leopardstown:
Named after the last horse to win the British Triple Crown, this mile and a half contest has attracted a decent field of eight middle-distance three-year-old’s. On a mark of 106, the Jim Bolger-trained Flying Visit is the highest rated contender. But Kevin Manning’s mount will need to improve upon two below-par efforts last month at York and The Curragh if he is to bounce back to form here.
Agrimony, outclassed in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas last time, should appreciate the drop in class and extra four furlongs, as will the Ger Lyons-trained Colour Sergeant.
However, such was the impression left by the Leopardstown maiden victory of Ballydoyle’s The Mediterranian last month that it will be a huge disappointment if the son of Galileo and Flashy Wings fails to prove himself a Group 1 performer before the end of the season.
The Mediterranian can earn his place in the Irish Derby later this month with a victory in this informative Listed contest.
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