Our racing expert marks your card for Friday's action.
Tim Easterby has been amongst the winners of late and the North Yorkshire-based trainer supplies today’s nap selection at Hamilton this evening.
His MYLLACHY ran an absolute blinder from an unfavourable wide draw to finish a close second at Carlisle (5f good) just four days ago. That was her best run in four starts and given the way she was finishing in that contest and the fact she is out of a 1m winner, she ought to relish the extra furlong of the opening Ladbrokes Nursery Handicap (5.20pm). She’s racing from 4lb out of the weights, but that was also the case earlier in the week and I’ll be surprised if she hasn’t got a good few pounds in hand over the handicapper off her current mark. Darren Fentiman is back on board and the partnership can be backed at 10/3 – that’ll do for me!
Easterby is well represented in the feature Ladbrokes Lanark Silver Bell Handicap (7.25pm) with three of the 15 runners, and Salmon Sushi, a five-length winner on the all-weather at Wolverhampton last time, looks the pick of his trio.
However, at bigger odds I’m inclined to give another chance to Jedd O’Keefe’s LORD YEATS having tipped him up the last twice and done my money on each occasion. His run at Ascot’s Shergar Cup meeting last time is easily forgiven as his Japanese jockey set far too strong a pace up front on ground that would have been too fast for him. Prior to that he had gone down fighting by just three-quarters of a length over 1m5f here, and that was a step up from his previous start when making all over this trip at Ripon. I’d expect Jack Garritty to give him another positive (though more sensible) ride this evening and the three-year-old may well be able to resume his progress and reward each-way support at a double-figure price
The Alistair Whillans-trained GALILEE CHAPEL looks the answer to the extended 1m handicap run earlier on the card (6.25pm). The seven-year-old is a regular at this track and indeed he’s shown some of his best form here, winning over course and distance last month off just 5lb lower. He’s run well on all three starts since and his latest second, again over track and trip, can be upgraded as he was beaten by a horse well in under a penalty and emerged from the pack to throw down the only danger, beaten just half a length with a big gap back to the third. He can run off the same mark this evening and versatile over the ground, he must go close.