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It’s the two divisions of the 6f handicap at Hamilton that house today’s best bets.
Ben Haslam’s SHESNOTFORTURNING is no stranger to success at the Scottish track having won a handicap over this trip last July off the same mark as today’s, and she almost doubled her tally when returned here last month. Clearly benefiting from her comeback run at Thirsk previously, she attempted to make all up the stands’ rail and rallied bravely when headed by the eventual winner 1f out to regain the lead, only to be caught again in the dying stride.
That took the six-year-old’s form figures here to 212 and the last two runs came on good to soft ground, which provides encouragement that she will handle today’s heavy conditions. Similarly drawn to last time, another bold bid can be expected and she will take some catching in her current mood.
Haslam, who is based in North Yorkshire, does well with his runners here boasting an 18% (5-28) strike rate, and the selection is his sole runner this afternoon.
Mick Channon doesn’t often venture this far north from his Berkshire base and it’s worth noting when he does as he has a highly respectable 25% (4-16) strike rate. His SHAHAAMA is therefore of interest on that stat alone and a quick glance at her form fuels confidence in her chances of winning the second division of the 6f handicap.
A winner over this trip at Goodwood in June on soft ground, she was found out by a faster surface on her next two starts and confirmed her liking for some cut when finishing fourth on good to soft at Salisbury last time. She would have finished closer had she not been squeezed out when delivering her challenge and was hitting the line strongly.
Off a 1lb lower mark this afternoon and with conditions to suit, she must go close under Graham Lee, who has a 24% strike rate on the stable runners with all his rides yielding a tasty £1 level-stakes profit of £37.28.
A double on both of today’s selections pays just over 35/1 at Betfair’s current odds.