Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's action at Hamilton.
BREATHABLE is given another chance in the 1m1/2f handicap. Tim Easterby’s charge was disappointing when carrying my cash at Beverley last time but that race has produced several winners since and the 1m2f trip may have stretched him, given he only weakened inside the final furlong having been prominent for most of the way. Today’s shorter trip could prove ideal then and, having been dropped 2lb since, he looks to be on a winnable mark based on the promise he showed as a juvenile. The stable form – eight winners in the last fortnight at a strike rate of 18% – is another positive and clinches the bet.
His stablemate BALESTRA could give Easterby a double on the card when she runs in the class 2 1m68y handicap. After changing hands for 48,000gns in the autumn, she has thrived since joining his current yard, posting two wins over 7f and running a good second when upped to 1m and wearing first-time cheekpieces at Ayr last time. After tracking the pace, she ran on late but the winner First Flight, who re-opposes, was already home and hosed and she’s entitled to reverse that form with a 4lb pull in the weights and with the headgear reapplied. Relatively lightly-raced compared to some of these, she has scope for further progress off her current mark of 85, which is just 5lb higher than the one she won off at Catterick on her stable debut.
David O’Meara’s INGLEBY HOLLOW looks the one to be on in the 1m5f16y handicap. The six-year-old has been in tremendous form since having his attentions switched back to the Flat back in March, with his four starts yielding a win and three seconds, and he might have done better still under more professional handling. That’s because his apprentice rider gave him plenty to do at Doncaster two starts back and then was perhaps too positive on him at Ayr last time, when going down a short head to a game winner having over-raced early on. While up another 2lb in the weights, he’s clearly at the top of his game and Daniel Tudhope, who won on him at Wetherby in May, takes over the reigns.
All odds were correct at time of posting.