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Preview 11 June 2008


8.10 Hamilton Silver Bell class 2 Handicap Good 12F

Horses to Consider

La Vecchia Scuola - Hacked up in good fashion in a low class handicap at this track last time and comes into this class 2 handicap very much one to be on the side off as she continues to impress. This handicap isn't what I would describe as a typical class 2 handicap in quality as all horses coming into this race haven't achieved what I would say is proper class 2 handicap form and it is only a class 2 handicap on paper and would be better suited by being a class 3 or a top class 4 handicap. A drop in trip shouldn't be a problem for this horse and given that conditions at the Scottish track should be in her favour she has a solid chance on this rise in class under a penalty and would be disappointing if she isn't in the mix up come the final furlong of this race.

Lochiel - Won well last time at Musselbrugh and seems to save his best for runs at that track, this more undulating track shouldn't be a problem for this improving horse and is another that looks handicapped to go well. Another up in class after winning a weaker race he should have the form to mix it with the best of these. Likely to be campaigned over hurdles in time he is suited to this ground and has already shown that stamina is in his locker for this race. With a strong pace up front he should take a pull to track the pace from the midfield which could be a concern for those that posses more of a turn of foot then him.

Gordansvile - Of the hold up horses in this field the strong travelling Gordansvile should have a good chance of staying on to land this handicap with Jim Goldie and Fergal Lynch teaming up to very good effect in the past, no surprise to see there has been money for this horse who is consistent even if hard to win with and despite needing to improve in this handicap he has a low weight and stays this trip very well so has to have a solid enough chance. The undulations in the track shouldn't be a problem for this horse as he ran a very fetching race at Goodwood in his 3yo days where he was a little to keen early and made up a lot of ground early on which may have cost him as plugged on to finish a fair position and shouldn't have been 25-1 earlier on today.

Akraem - Sets the standard in this handicap and rain would increase his chances having shown form a few years ago to have a chance at this level, however he may be a little high in the weights today despite the weakness of this class 2 handicap. Consistent over trips such as this and has struck up a good relationship with the jockey. Fair effort last time at Goodwood where he struck the front to be denied by a tarter in course specialist Formax. Providing the ground doesn't turn quick he has form as good as Gordansvile run at Goodwood in the last 2yrs as the weight today.

Verdict   I feel these four will make up the finishing places with maybe Richard Fahey Sin city the most feared of the others in this race. The pace of the race is all-important and that should help Gordansvile styles of running at maybe dispense of the hot favourite.

Selection  2 pts Gordansvile @ 9-1 (BF10's)

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