Strand's Scottish stroll?

  • By: Nick Grant
  • Last Updated: August 28 2014, 19:03 BST

Nick Grant naps Scottish Strand for victory at Hamilton on Thursday and has a tip for every UK and Irish race.

Scottish Strand runs in Scotland at Hamilton
Scottish Strand runs in Scotland at Hamilton

BELLEWSTOWN: 4.15 Little King Robin, 4.45 Draco, 5.15 Snoqualmie Chief, 5.45 Give Me A Break, 6.15 Bosman Rule, 6.45 Tiger Bay Lady, 7.15 Miss Dinamic.

FFOS LAS: 2.00 Tansfeeq, 2.30 Forest Glen, 3.00 Split The Atom, 3.35 Society Pearl, 4.05 Prince Jock, 4.35 Reach The Beach, 5.05 Race To Glory.

FONTWELL: 2.10 Workbench, 2.40 Fintan, 3.15 Herecomesthebride, 3.45 Leath Acra Mor, 4.20 Hazzaat, 4.50 Crannaghmore Boy, 5.25 Couloir Extreme.

HAMILTON: 4.45 Bapak Asmara, 5.20 Sketch Map, 5.50 Paddy's Rock, 6.20 SCOTTISH STRAND (NAP), 6.50 In Vino Veritas, 7.20 Bifocal, 7.50 Rock Canyon.

LINGFIELD: 4.40 Margot Rose, 5.10 Birdie Queen, 5.40 House Captain, 6.10 Virile, 6.40 Saborido, 7.10 Rajeh, 7.40 Choral Clan.

STRATFORD: 1.50 Gimme Five, 2.20 Mile House, 2.50 No Likey, 3.25 Douchkirk, 3.55 Golan Guy, 4.25 Moulin De La Croix, 4.55 Celesta.

TIPPERARY: 5.00 Intense Light, 5.30 Dunquin, 6.00 Fit For The Job, 6.30 Purr Along, 7.00 Kodiac's Back, 7.30 Aurelia Cotta, 8.00 Red Rocks Point.

DOUBLE: Scottish Strand and Prince Jock.

James Tate journeys north with quite an unexposed improver in Scottish Strand for the Scottish Trophy Handicap at Hamilton on Thursday.

The gelded three-year-old will be popular purely on his name alone - but there are also sound reasons in the form book to get involved.

He was backed strongly before turning over the odds-on Zora Seas at Ffos Las, the pair finishing miles clear and the second having come out to win again.

Still looking green there, as befits a horse on just his second start, he stayed on strongly for Kieren Fallon, shaping as though this extra furlong and a bit will be well within his compass.

Sketch Map went close over course and distance last week and should again be thereabouts in the Avia Signs Handicap.

Dropped markedly in trip, that was the best run for some time from Jedd O'Keefe's three-year-old, who clearly has a race in him off his current rating.

The fact Irish trainer Pat Shanahan has secured the services of Richard Hughes for Prince Jock in the Jubilee Park Handicap at Ffos Las speaks for itself.

The gelding has been successful on a prior British raid, winning at Hamilton off a mark of 76 in July last year.

One run at Gowran followed and then he was off for over a year, recently returning at Gowran with what was a promising third.

He is now just 1lb higher than that victorious effort in Scotland and a big run is seemingly expected.

Shanahan and Hughes also team up with Split The Atom in the PT Civil Engineering Maiden Stakes.

The youngster has run well without getting his head in front but was unlucky to bump into smart-looking newcomer Hernandoshideaway at Hamilton.

As Bold is well-related there is a danger another debutant might scupper the Shanahan runner, but he will have to know his job first time up and the Irish raider will be a backable price.

The Jubilee Park Nursery Handicap effectively looks a match between Park Glen and Tansfeeq, with preference for the latter.

Trained by Barry Hills, he steps into handicap company after three maiden starts, two of which offered plenty of hope for a race like this while on the other occasion he was too keen for his own good.

Last time out he was third in a potentially useful race at Salisbury and should be seen to even better effect now he has a mark.

Saborido is the pick in the Owain Withers 21st Birthday Handicap at Lingfield.

Amanda Perrett's gelding acts well on Polytrack and ran his best race for some time when second over course and distance earlier this month.

The reapplication of blinkers appeared to have a galvanising effect on the eight-year-old, who remains feasibly handicapped on his best form, and it is good to see the headgear stays on.

Virile could take the beating in the TBA Next Generation Club Maiden Stakes.

The Richard Hannon-trained two-year-old was not without promise on his debut run here and should be much wiser for the experience.