Architect Tips shares his Tote Placepot tips for today's racing at Hamilton.
Leg 1 Selections: Kilconquhar, Lord P
KILCONQUHAR won over C&D last year and capitalised on a reduced mark when winning at Redcar last time. This five-year-old has been in good form all year, so while he has to carry a penalty, he should remain competitive. LORD P ran poorly last time but had previously made the frame off higher marks in stronger events, so could easily make the frame again here.
Leg 2 Selections: Proverb
This should prove to be a straightforward task for PROVERB to make it third time lucky. He has made the frame in both his starts to date, including at Yarmouth last time despite returning a beaten favourite. This son of Harry Angel shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the drop in trip, so provided he gets rolling early doors, he should be finishing his race to good effect. He is a warm favourite and is the one to beat.
Leg 3 Selections: Rory, Sir Benedict
RORY has been pretty solid all year and won on his only previous start over C&D in May. He returned to winning ways at Newcastle three weeks ago and while he’s back up four-pounds, he could follow-up. SIR BENEDICT also boasts winning course form and is another consistent type, so he’s expected to be thereabouts. I will be surprised if one of these two can’t make the frame.
Leg 4 Selections: Spanish
SPANISH took a major step forward from her previous efforts when getting off the mark on the all-weather last time. She should have lots more to come in the handicapping scenario and her trainer continues in fine fettle, so this is a good opportunity for her to score again under Tom Marquand.
Leg 5 Selections: Stunning Beauty, Faylaq
STUNNING BEAUTY has the form in the book to win this race if able to produce her best. Her trainer is 2-5 (40%) here over three last five years and this mare has been running well in generally tougher assignments than today’s event, so she’s a leading contender. FAYLAQ has rattled off a series of good efforts in defeat all year and hasn’t been beaten far the last three times in higher grade events. He has come from off the pace to be nearest the finish the last three times, including at this course back in August. He is a big player.
Leg 6 Selections: Alpine Sierra, Fourth Time Lucky
ALPINE SIERRA looked as though he needed the run after three months off last time and has won over track and trip before. He is five-pounds above his last win but this isn’t a strong race and he should be competitive. FOURTH TIME LUCKY hasn’t been at his best of late but is on a workable mark and could pose a threat with a seven-pounds claimer booked to ride.