Hamilton preview - 30 August
HAT-TRICK seeking Henry Clay is expected to go close in the Scottish Trophy Handicap at Hamilton Park today according to the top-weight's jockey Joe Fanning.
He said: "He's won his last two at Warwick and Kempton and has the class to win but the testing ground will be an unknown territory for him.
"He's got a 6lb penalty for the Warwick win and he's dropping back a furlong. I won on him back in January at Wolverhampton and he loves to be up there bowling along in front."
Fanning, the first Flat jockey to record a century in 2012, rides Lollypop Lady for Linda Perratt in the Neilsland And Earnock Handicap and he added: "I was on her when she was second at Hamilton last time in a handicap over 5f. She's back up to 6f and she will handle the ground."
Finity Run is another top-weight for Fanning in the Griffiths & Armour Handicap and he said: "She's been second for me twice at Pontefract this year, on quick and heavy ground, and wasn't beaten far on either occasion. I'd say she has decent claims in a bad race on such bad ground."
Fanning starts the card on Keith Dalgleish newcomer Hanalei Bay in the opening British Stallion Studs EBF Debutants Maiden Stakes.