Irish raider Blackstone Cliff would look very well-treated off the basement mark of 45, having caught the eye on his last two starts in Ireland. He ran a cracker over 6f on Handicap debut at Sligo, being forced wide to make his challenge and making up a lot of ground to finish a running on 3rd.
He was then upped to a mile at Gowran Park, where he was badly positioned in a slowly run race, and was unable to make up ground on those ridden prominently, though he still shaped very well. Two horses who had similar trips that day, Very Smart and Wilderness, have both won since showing how much of a disadvantage being held up that day was.
This could be a hot race, though Mikmak was very eyecatching at Carlisle last time and looks ready to win a race off his current mark. The ground at Hamilton should be a lot easier than Carlisle last time, which should really suit Mikmak and he’s shown himself in the past to be well capable of being competitive off around this mark in similar races.
Coolagh Forest could be the main danger, though he’s been hammered by the handicapper for his latest win and will need to improve again. Victory Command comes into the race on the back of a very good run at Royal Ascot, though has struggled with consistency in the past, which would make him a risky proposition to back, leaving Mikmak as the most solid option in the race.
Also trained by Adrian Murray, Rego Park Lady would look interesting dropped into a 0-55 handicap, having been rated as high as 73 in the past. His form has admittedly been patchy, though he showed much more last time in a decent race at Navan in first time cheekpieces, which he wears again tomorrow.
Some of his other poor runs can be blamed on unsuitable trips and unfavourable ground, though he looks to have everything in his favour tomorrow and should take some beating, in what could be another weak race.