Hamilton preview - 24 August
JIM GOLDIE is mounting a strong challenge on the Lanark Silver Bell with his four runners in the historic £24,000 handicap at Hamilton Park headed by top-weight Hillview Boy.
The Renfrewshire trainer said: "He's loves the course and the ground and was a cracking second in the Listed Braveheart Stakes over this trip back in the spring. I expect him to run another big race as gets on well with Graham Lee."
Goldie also saddles Merchant Of Dubai, Pokfulham and Staff Sergeant and he added: "Merchant Of Dubai ran a cracker on his first run for us in last year's Braveheart Stakes and that race produced a Melbourne Cup second, an Ebor winner and a Group 3 Dubai Carnival winner. We've put cheek-pieces on in an attempt to galvanise him and if they work he won't be far away.
"Pokfulham has won two at Newcastle for us this year but he's also won at Hamilton and been second there a couple of times. He's fresh and well and that's when he seems to run at his best.
"Staff Sergeant is being stepped back up in trip after running at 7f to 10f and he stayed on into second over a mile and a quarter last time at Ayr. He'll be a player and should run well if he stays and there is only one way to find out."
Last year's winning trainer Mark Johnston is triple-handed with Becausewecan, Bordoni and market principal Assizes, ridden by Hawick-born apprentice Jason Hart.