• Sat 28 May, 2022
  • 23:31 BST
  • 19:31 EST (BST-4)
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Five to follow on Wednesday

Our good recent run continued on Monday with winners at 15/2 and 13/2 but it was our Leicester runner up Nova Legend who I feel is one to keep on side in the short term. He will go up a couple of pounds in the weights but the way he stayed on inside the final quarter of a mile over 12f suggests he will improve again when stepped up to a mile-and-three-quarters.

William Buick makes a rare visit to Hamilton which gives further evidence that he is hell bent on gaining a first jockey’s title this year. The ground was described as good to soft on Tuesday morning with the prospect of further showers this morning.

Buick rides Shine On Brendan in the extended nine-furlong handicap as he steps up in distance having broken his duck at the 27th time of asking over a furlong shorter here earlier in the month. That was only his second outing for Jim Goldie and a 5lbs rise is fair.

He is not guaranteed to appreciate the additional furlong, however, and RALPHY BOY TWO (4.25) gets the each way vote despite concern over the form of the Ewan Whillans yard. The selection was taken out of a race at Ayr over 10f last week on account of the soft ground which is a surprise given he has run very well under similar conditions in the past. With only one success from 26 starts under rules he is hardly a serial winner, but he has finished runner up six times and he could represent some value.

Recommendation: Ralphy Boy Two EW 4.25 Hamilton

Buick rides Simply Sondheim for powerful connections in the finale and this son of Pivotal has been gelded since his last start. He starts life in handicaps from a basement mark of 56 and it is likely to be significant that, at the time of writing, he holds three entries on Saturday and one on Thursday. George Boughey brings his unexposed gelding up from Newmarket and he could easily run up a sequence. He has been put in short enough in the betting at 15/8, however, and is drawn out wide in stall eight.

FERGIE TIME (4.55) is only 3lbs higher than when scoring on handicap debut over a mile on fast ground at Musselburgh earlier in the month on his first start over a mile. He has yet to prove his ability to handle a bit of cut, but he is out of a Sadlers Well mare, has a good low draw and must only give 4lbs to the Newmarket raider. Keith Dalgleish won this corresponding race back in 2015 and market leaders have a very poor record in the race.

Recommendation: Fergie Time 4.55 Hamilton

Good ground at Newton Abbot where Get The Appeal has just her second chase start for Paul Nicholls from what looks a very good mark given she was first past the post – subsequently disqualified – in a point in her native Ireland, enjoys good ground and has been dropped a couple of pounds for finishing a decent third at Ludlow last time over hurdles.

She is short enough in the betting at 13/8 but did win three times over hurdles at up to 2m 5f. She is unproven over today’s three-and-a-quarter miles, however, and is overlooked.

SIZING CUSIMANO (2.00) has no great history of going well fresh, but Joe Tizard has hit the ground running since taking over the reins from his father and I would be surprised if he had his 9-y-old short of work for his comeback. The selection is proven over the trip, a sound jumper and has good course form. Hills have put the selection in at 10/3 but I would hope there would be 4/1 about when other firms price the race up on Tuesday evening.

Recommendation: Sizing Cusimano 2.00 Newton Abbot

I remember RHEBUS ROAD (5.35) winning the Newmarket Whip on fast ground on the flat back in September and he improved for the return to fast ground over hurdles when scoring at Huntingdon earlier in the month from a 6lbs lower mark. He is taken to follow up at Warwick this evening for Oliver Sherwood – who had a welcome winner at Huntingdon on Monday – who recently announced he had been given the green light after treatment for cancer. Excellent news.

The Donald McCain trained Kerosine Light should ensure a decent gallop which will suit the selection although I believe a bigger danger lies with Oslo despite the fact that he was a beaten odds-on favourite at Fakenham on Sunday. He didn’t jump a twig on that occasion but still came there cantering until the errors took their toll. Trainer Fergal O’Brien probably thought he would be coming here under a penalty and he, like Rhebus Road, is well treated on his flat form.

Recommendation: Rhebus Road 5.35 Warwick

Only three go to post in the 3m handicap chase but I was surprised to see SAIL AWAY (6.35) put in as second favourite and I will be disappointed if he cannot gain his first win over fences for Dan Skelton.

The selection finished third in a valuable and competitive race at Aintree last time when he looked a big threat between the last two on his first start for four months.

This slightly shorter trip is ideal, and he is taken to give 13lbs to Ultimate Getaway who has been raised 8lbs for winning a poor three-runner race at Ludlow on his chase debut. He has the scope to make a better chaser than hurdler, but he will need to improve again if he is to beat Sail Away.

Recommendation: Sail Away 6.35 Warwick

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