16:20 Hamilton Tue 20 August 2019

Abandoned
  • Margaret Smith Memorial Handicap (Class 6)
  • 1m 4f 15y,
  • 15 Runners
  • Winner£3,493.002nd£1,040.003rd£519.004th£300.005th£300.006th£300.007th£300.008th£300.00
  • Surface: Turf
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1
(12)
49-10OR: 55
12/1

Four runs last year for Roger Varian without setting the world alight and makes debut for new yard following absence of 348 days. Should stay but ground conditions could make life tough on first start back.

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2
(6)
49-9OR: 54
33/1

Modest form in three starts last season for Henry Tett and has shown precious little in four runs this term, the last two for current trainer. Very hard to enthuse over.

3
(7)
79-7OR: 52CD
16/1

Been busy this term but without success. Ended last term winning soft ground Chester 1m4f h'cap for Brian Ellison off 17lb higher mark so well handicapped on best form but has been in doldrums last three runs.

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4
(1)
59-5OR: 50D
20/1

Only win in 18 starts came over this trip at Thirsk in June last year but on a decent surface. Not disgraced over 1m6f at Musselburgh last time when kept on, and with yard among the winners is not out of it.

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5
(13)
49-4OR: 49BF
4/1

11-race maiden originally with Ralph Beckett. Very modest form this term although went close here over extended mile in June. Has to be concern about this longer trip in deep ground.

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6
(4)
49-3OR: 48CD
15/2

Bolted up by 6 lengths in this race last year off this mark and was fair third last time at Ayr in heavy ground over 1m7f. Big chance and should be very much in the mix.

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7
(11)
59-2OR: 47
10/1

Both career wins have come over 1m6f, one in heavy ground. No stamina or ground concerns, represents last year's winning yard, and has dropped to 1lb lower than last success.

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8
(14)
39-1OR: 55
14/1

30,000 guineas Nathaniel filly who has had three runs to qualify for this lowly handicap mark. Hinted at some ability at up to 1m2f, but handling the step up in trip and heavy ground remains an unkown. Well worth a market check though.

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9
(10)
39-1OR: 55
33/1

Very little sign of real ability in four runs so far and was long last of 14 here on handicap bow last time over the extended mile. Big step up in trip may help but remains to be seen how she handles conditions.

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10
(8)
39-1OR: 55WS
10/1

85,000 euro Battle of Marengo gelding who has done little so far to live up to his price tag in three AW starts at up to 7f. Things may change now handicapping at this level, stepping up in trip and switching to turf, but requires a leap of faith.

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11
(3)
79-1OR: 45C
3/1

Yard among the winners of late and this gelding has done well over jumps with two wins from his last three starts. Has won here over 1m1f in soft ground in the past and stays this trip so every chance he will give a good account of himself.

12
(5)
38-6OR: 46
8/1

Irish raider not seen since October last year. Best of three runs came on soft ground in 1m1f Tipperary maiden and runs in first handicap off very modest mark for yard having a fine season. Market support would be a big tip in itself..

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13
(2)
38-6OR: 45
33/1

Little sign of talent in four starts so far at up to 1m4f, including in soft ground. Finished last of 14 on handicap debut at Beverley last month and is very hard to fancy.

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14
(15)
38-6OR: 45
16/1

Eight-race maiden but best run came here in soft ground in May where ran on well from the rear to be third off 1lb higher mark. Well worth a try at this longer trip and is not without hope at this very moderate level.

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15
(9)
38-6OR: 45
20/1

Cheaply bought daughter of Hurricane Run who looked slow in two starts this winter. Little better when third of 4 on quickish ground at Carlisle last month. Longer trip and different ground may help but more needed to figure even at this grade.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
3Pammi38-86/1Full Result
T: J S GoldieJ: Jamie Gormley

Betting

Forecast

Frightened Rabbit (3/1), Poyle George Two (4/1), Pammi (15/2), Pretty Fantasy (8/1), Bannockburn (10/1), Elite Icon (10/1), Mazboon (12/1), Nataleena (14/1), Miss Ranger (16/1), Royal Countess (16/1), Simul Amicis (20/1), Princess Nearco (20/1), Bold Statement (33/1), Thornton Le Clay (33/1), Seenit Doneit Next (33/1)

Verdict

Moderate horses here and on handicap bow, following wind surgery, and stepping up in trip, BANNOCKBURN is a token selection to spring something of a surprise. Frightened Rabbit has every chance coming here in good form with two recent hurdles wins, and last year's winner Pammi will be a danger to all if in similar mood off the same mark. Her stable companion Elite Icon is also respected, while Pretty Fantasy is a potential improver, as too is Nataleena.
  1. Bannockburn
  2. Pammi
  3. Pretty Fantasy
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