Preview of Hamilton Horse Racing – July 3 2012
Keith Dalgleish is sending a sizeable raiding party on the short trip from his Carluke yard to Hamilton Park this afternoon and the Belstane Stable handler is hoping for a big run in the featured Steps and Peter Andre Live This Saturday Handicap with Joshua The First.
The former leading jockey, now in his second season with a licence, said: "It's a big step up to 1m 3f as he's been operating over 6f and 7f this year but we're going to drop him in. He's got form on soft ground but a lot depends on whether he stays or not."
Dalgleish starts the card double-handed with Corton Lad and newcomer Salvatore Fury both lining up for the Tom Jones Live This Friday Maiden Stakes.
"I've always liked Corton Lad and he has been working well since running green on his debut at Ayr ," he said. "Salvatore Fury goes nicely but it depends on how he handles the testing ground on his debut."
Frequency bids to add to last month's 6f Hamilton win in the Scottish Racing Claiming Stakes and his trainer added: "We're dropping him back to 5f and he's well capable of winning a race like this if he's in the mood."
Luctor Emergo tries a new trip in the 1m 4f John Smith's Fair Friday Handicap and Dalgleish said: "He's been a little bit disappointing since he won on the all-weather in February so we'll just to wait and see if this step up in distance brings about any improvement."
Findhornbay, formerly trained by Dalgleish's old boss Mark Johnston, completes the sextet in the Family Night With Reggie Yates Next Saturday Handicap.
He said: "She's come to us as the owners live up here. She hasn't raced since last November but she's been pleasing us at home."