A trappy contest to start the card at Hamilton Races, with a number of horses fancied to run well in the six furlong handicap for the gentleman amateur riders. There looks to be four to choose from at the head of the betting, with Vallarta the clear pick at the prices for trainer Ruth Carr and Mr William Easterby. The nine-year-old has been in solid enough form lately, but is twice a winner over course and distance, and can easily add to that off a lower mark today.
The fillies get their chance to shine in the second race, with some fantastically-named horses set to clash over six furlongs, with Conga the one taken to lead them a merry dance. The Kevin Ryan-trained horse has form with cut in the ground, and is expected to improve for a drop back in trip, which makes his price an attractive one, Dancing Rave could be the one to chase the winner home.
Mark Johnston is always a man to follow in his native Scotland, and he has no few than three genuine chances in the six furlong nursery. One Hart is the narrow selection of the trio, with Andrea Atzeni an eye-catching jockey booking for a horse who is a course and distance winner already this year and could be ready to get his head in front once again for connections.
The three-year-old horses get their chance in the next handicap race, and Grimsdyke is the selection to claim the win for punters at a short price. Tim Easterby knows how to get one ready for a tough little handicap race, and he will be hoping that his in-mate can do the trick once again with a win over six furlongs at Redcar last time out on his record. Soft ground shouldn't cause an issue and with the horse in form, this looks like the potential winner.
Another tough novice stakes contest, with a number of those open to improvement, and one interesting newcomer in the form of Baileys Blues - who should be respected for Mark Johnston. Jeanie B took the eye at Pontefract ,though, with a comfortable victory, and connections are clearly happy to make the long trip to Scotland today as they look to back that win up which is a tip in itself.
The nap of the day comes in the last, as Autumn Flight is fancied to send punters home with a smile on their face and plenty of money in their wallets. Another one for the Tim Easterby and David Allan combination with the horse running a huge race over course and distance last week and connections are clearly expecting the win today as they send the horse out again off the same mark.