Newton Abbot is lost to the weather but Alan has two more selections from Hamilton and on the all-weather at Wolverhampton...
"making his nursery debut off what looks a workable mark, he has run well at this venue in the past and it would be disappointing if he did not go close"
National League should go well at Hamilton
The favourite for this is Mark Johnston's colt Makyon, one of three runners he has in the field, and it's not hard to see why with two wins so far this year, the first of which was here over today's course and distance. He also seems most at home when the mud is flying, as shown by his impressive win at Ayr two starts ago. However he is vulnerable, as he showed when he was beaten at short odds at Musselburgh (5f, heavy) and this looks a tough opening mark on his nursery bow and on this ground. I want to take him on.
It's certainly a tricky race to dissect but I do like the look of Richard Fahey's runner National League. This son of Gutaifan stayed on well to land a Chester novice on his penultimate outing, and he ran well in defeat in a competitive sales race at York afterwards. Now making his nursery debut off what looks a workable mark, he has run well at this venue in the past and it would be disappointing if he did not go close.
Peachey Carnehan can go in again before a rise in the weights
This race won't stay long in the memory but I do like the chances of Michael Mullineaux's five-year-old Peachey Carnehan here as he arrives un-penalised for his victory at Leicester last week and has an interesting jockey booking in Harry Bentley, who takes over from a claimer. Peachey Carnehan also likes it round here, gaining four of his eight career wins at this venue, so I think connections would be disappointed if he could not follow up today without that penalty.
Dandilion could give him the most to do under the upcoming jockey Thore Hammer Hansen, but it really depends on how he feels on the night. While he won last time out, he isn't one you can rely on, he couldn't finish in the places on his previous seven starts and refused to race at Lingfield in June.
2019 (prior to this week) : -4pts
This week so far...
Staked: 5 pts
Returned: 5.95 pts
2019 P&L -3.05pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts