Racing preview for Wednesday, May 25
Hamilton racegoers are advised not to attempt to beat the traffic home by leaving early as Wotabreeze looks a tempting proposition in the finale.
The three-year-old son of Excellent Art was pretty ordinary in three maidens, but there was ample evidence at Beverley three weeks ago to anticipate a big run in the Book Now For Saints And Sinners Handicap.
John Quinn’s representative was clearly not that well fancied in a seven-and-a-half-furlong handicap on the Westwood as he was sent off at double-figure odds.
But he made a mockery of that chunky price by running really well in a race for amateur riders.
Wotabreeze went down by half a length to Arcane Dancer, but that does not paint the entire picture as the runner-up was hampered 200-odd yards from home and had to be switched for daylight.
With the handicapper having only shunted him up 1lb - essentially a moot point in light of Adam McNamara’s very valuable 7lb claim - he is well worth a try over this longer trip in what is a humdrum encounter at best.
Gold Faith is likely to be a far sharper horse than at Epsom last month when he runs in the 32Red.com Handicap at Lingfield.
The grey gelding was quietly fancied on his handicap debut at the Surrey circuit, but he struggled in the soft ground and finished fifth in a competitive race won by Medburn Dream, who has since gone in again.
Despite having finished 11 and a half lengths in arrears of the winner that day, Gold Faith showed up pretty well for a long way on what was his first start since September, when he cooly struck over seven furlongs at this track.
Ralph Beckett’s three-year-old will come on an awful lot for that Epsom run and is almost certainly going to appreciate this big hike in distance, such is his stout pedigree.
Hamilton: 2.00 Boundsy, 2.30 Keene’s Pointe, 3.05 Final Venture, 3.40 Togetherwecan, 4.15 Maulesden May, 4.45 Celtic Power, 5.15 WOTABREEZE (NAP).
Lingfield: 1.50 Rapacity Alexander, 2.20 Commanche, 2.50 Bonhomie, 3.25 Pink Angel, 4.00 George Cinq, 4.35 Barren Brook, 5.05 Tudor Icon, 5.35 Gold Eliza.
Kempton: 6.20 Bunbury, 6.50 Bond Trader, 7.20 Golden Wedding, 7.50 Gold Faith, 8.20 Pensax Lad, 8.50 Winter Spice.
Market Rasen: 2.10 Bandit Country, 2.40 Miss Estela, 3.15 Trafficker, 3.50 Sportsreport, 4.25 Conquer Gold, 4.55 Harleys Max, 5.25 Bilko’s Back.
Newton Abbot: 6.10 Rejaah, 6.40 Kinari, 7.10 Western Way, 7.40 Devil To Pay, 8.10 The Kvilleken, 8.40 Ramses De Teillee.
Double: Wotabreeze and Gold Faith.