Architect Tips continues his new daily Tote Placepot tips column with selections for the first six races at Hamilton.
Leg 1 Selections: CATCH THE PADDY
An excellent opener. Kevin Ryan’s CATCH THE PADDY only found Queen Olly too strong on debut when an eye-catching second at York and that form has been well and truly boosted by the winner, who is highly-regarded by his connections and ran a really good race to finish fourth in the Albany behind Meditate at Royal Ascot.
He then went to Leicester and filled the runner-up spot again, this time behind Show Respect, who wasn’t disgraced at Royal Ascot in the Coventry Stakes. This son of No Nay Never should find this a lot easier, which looks an excellent opportunity for him to build upon his promise shown so far and open his account by defeating Lord Sam’s Castle.
Leg 2 Selections: TIMBUKONE, SHALADAR
TIMBUKONE has progressed with each start and was doing all of his best work in the closing stages behind Head Chef last time when a close-up third. This course should suit him a lot better and, off the same mark as both his previous starts in handicaps, he should be on the premises here with more to offer.
SHALADAR is another progressive sort, who scored over track and trip two weeks ago despite doing plenty wrong that day. He’s only gone up four pounds as a result, which leaves the impression he’s got more in the locker if required. He’s entitled to be involved in the finish again with conditions similar to last time.
Leg 3 Selections: FRISKY
FRISKY couldn’t lay a glove on the eventual winner at Bath last time but she’s now been in the frame in all five of her starts and the winner from last time, Royal Aclaim, looks a pattern-class performer in-waiting. This filly by Bated Breath has the services of William Buick, who was on her last time, and she will face nothing in the same calibre of the winner this time round.
She is, of course, becoming expensive to follow but this is a good chance for her to gain a first success. Even if she can’t get her head in front, she looks like a solid option to at least make the frame. Phoenix Beach is the main danger dropped back in distance but I’ll take the former to hopefully come good under the in-form Buick, who’s fresh off the back of a treble yesterday.
Leg 4 Selections: COCKALORUM, HORTZADAR
I am keen to look beyond the top of the betting for leg four in the hope we can eliminate the favourite who’s vulnerable after a layoff. I like two, the first one is COCKALORUM, who bounced back to something near his best when fourth in the Zetland Cup last time. He went close three times last year off higher marks in stronger events and, with front-running tactics likely to be in place back over a mile here, he could be tough to pass under Ben Curtis.
HORTZADAR hasn’t been at his best in three subsequent starts but he’s only a couple of pounds higher than when winning comfortably at Ripon back in April and has scored off a higher mark than this in the past. This smaller-field scenario should play to his strengths, as he’s going to get a good pace to aim at, and will find this a lot easier than last time. He should be in the firing line at the business end of the race with conditions deemed suitable.
Leg 5 Selections: RAVENSCRAIG CASTLE
The Iain Jardine-trained RAVENSCRAIG CASTLE has been largely consistent in defeat in higher grade events than this since scoring at this level at Ayr around this time last year and arrives on the back of an excellent fourth in a class two event off the exact same mark as this one. He won’t be hindered by the reduction in distance by a furlong either, against lower rated opponents, and could be too good for these.
He’s placed five times in various class two and class three events since his latest victory, which was impressive, and will find this race more to his liking. He is up against a few other grade-droppers too, but he’s proven himself to be effective at a much higher level off this sort of mark or slightly higher and a repeat of that latest display must give him every chance of success here.
Leg 6 Selections: JUDY’S PARK, JORDAN ELECTRICS
George Boughey already has an excellent strike-rate at this course (three winners from three runners before today) and therefore bottom-weight JUDY’S PARK has to be considered for leg six. She has remained in good form since opening her account at Newcastle and didn’t do much wrong when second last-time-out either. William Buck keeps the ride, which is a good sign, and she looks a key player in an open contest.
JORDAN ELECTRICS has a good record here, who’s won twice over course-and-distance and has placed multiple times here too, including when second his penultimate start. He came close to defying a five pounds higher mark over track and trip last year and almost beat the 81-rated Call Me Ginger last time. This time round carrying, he takes on lower rated opposition here, so he should go very close on collateral form.