14:45 Hamilton

The Roger Fell-trained COCKALORUM (best price 12/1) has predominantly competed over further than a mile during his career but he’s fully effective over the trip, was successful the last time he tackled it at Musselburgh and is a standout each-way bet here. Something was presumably amiss when pulled up on his penultimate start, which could have just been an off day but, either way, he bounced back to finish a close-up fourth in the Zetland Cup next time. 

He went close three times last year off marks of 95 and 99 twice, the first of those when a ‘head’ second in the John Smith’s Cup at York to the 100 plus rated Johnny Drama. He then reversed the form with the winner at Goodwood next time, where he was third behind two horses who are now rated 98 and 106. He filled the same spot at York off the same mark when making a bold effort from the front and only found Sinjaari (106) and Migration (106) too strong in the latter stages but stuck to the task well to see off a host of horses were rated 100 or higher. 

Whether or not this consistent seven-year-old has the tactical pace to hold off a field that is littered with hold-up performers over this trip who are going to be sitting on his girths remains to be seen, but one thing for sure is that he won’t go down without a fight, and has proved to be a tough horse to pass on his day. If Ben Curtis can navigate him to the front from stall six, everything suggests this high-class handicapper can outrun his ludicrous odds.  

Cockalorum - 1pt e/w @ 12/1

15:15 Hamilton

There’s a lot to like about the chances of Iain Jardine’s RAVENSCRAIG CASTLE (best price 11/4) for the hamilton-park.co.uk Handicap, who should make his class count when push comes to shove. The last time he competed at this level was at Ayr around this time last year, where he outclassed his three rivals with ease by over two lengths. He was below form in his penultimate start but bounced back to form last time when a solid race in a good-quality class two event off today’s mark and drops down a couple of grades here. 

This furlong less might actually suit better against lower rated opponents and he’s placed five times in various class two and class three events since his latest victory. There are a couple of opponents who also drop in grade but this son of Nathaniel brings the best form to the table courtesy of his third to Valley Forge in the Melrose last season. Although eight pounds higher now, this mark is clearly within his capabilities on his latest effort, and a repeat here should be more than enough to see him collect the spoils. 

Ravenscraig Castle - 2pts @ 11/4

15:50 Hamilton

This looked wide-open at first glance with five course-and-distance winners in the field but JORDAN ELECTRICS (best price 5/1) is sitting on a handy mark and has a good chance to boost his excellent course form here. Twice a winner over track and trip, albeit off lower marks, he’s hit the frame many other times here and came within a neck of defying a five pounds higher mark last August when just touched off by Call Me Ginger, who’s rated higher than these. 

He failed to fire in his first four starts this year but his last two runs, in which he’s been second, indicate he could be about to strike. He was a neck behind Kats Bob here on his penultimate start despite travelling best of the pair but is a pound better off with the winner this time so has every right to reverse the form. On the back of what was an unlucky second to Call Me Ginger (again) last time given he was struck into the head by the winning riders whip late on, he may gain compensation here off only a pound higher mark at his favourite course.

Jordan Electrics - 1pt e/w @ 5/1