Prey To Swoop At Hamilton
Prey To Swoop At Hamilton
By Chris Wilson

Mark Johnston

Pastoral Prey should take some passing at Hamilton judged by his recent second at Carlisle.

George Foster’s colt overcame fractious tendencies and weak market vibes to take the silver medal in a fair five-furlong maiden in Cumbria.

Pastoral Prey may have been outclassed by Liber, but that one did not fare too badly in Listed company at the weekend, so the form looks strong – especially as the third home at Carlisle, Yorkshire Icon, was two lengths adrift.

Moreover, the earnest manner in which he was galloping on strongly towards the line no doubt convinced Foster to step him up to six furlongs here.

As a May foal, he should only really be coming to hand about now.

To that end, there ought to be plenty more to come in the Weatherbys Bank Maiden Auction Stakes.

This race, on paper at least, would also appear to lack the strength in depth of the Carlisle maiden.

A typically strong evening card at Sandown will presumably see Rhamnus sent on his way at short odds for the West End Maiden Auction Stakes.

The Sakhee’s Secret colt is, however, a fascinating prospect given his excellent debut second behind Fortinbrass at Newmarket.

Despite having been left stranded when the traps opened, Richard Hannon’s runner eventually clicked into life before finishing with a rare rattle.

Such was the turn of foot he exhibited at Headquarters, it is unsurprising to see Rhamnus drop to the minimum trip for this engagement.

A similar run, without the hijinks at the start, of course, should see him confirm his place on board Hannon’s Royal Ascot behemoth.

Best bet on Wolverhampton card’s could be Captivity, who was narrowly touched off at Beverley late last month.

Mark Johnston’s charge got to within a short head of the in-form Sabhan after having endeavoured to make all of the running.

The Echo Of Light colt is no stranger to Dunstall Park – he broke his maiden at Wolves in February – and should still have a bit of room to manoeuvre off a mark of 71.

This slight rise in trip should also be construed as a positive.

Ursula has made stealthy progress this term – albeit at a lowly level – and looks the solution to the Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Selling Stakes at the Surrey venue.

Little wonder North Yorkshire trainer Brian Rothwell has thrust Tinseltown swiftly back into battle at Wetherby.

The six-year-old drew eight lengths clear over course and distance a week ago and is sure be clobbered when reassessed by the handicapper.

A 7lb penalty for the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle is therefore far from the end of the world in a winnable-looking encounter.

Tribal Dance must also be considered a major player for the Sessions Bar Novices’ Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter.

The six-year-old Flemensfirth gelding has made a satisfactory start to his chasing career, and was perhaps a little unfortunate to bump into a progressive horse in Newton Tonic at Hereford last time.

Ben Case’s representative competes off the same mark here and should be far happier over both this longer trip and the dryer ground.

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