Thursday 27 June 2019

Hamada can bring home the bacon at Newbury

Hamada can win again
Hamada can win again

Charlie Appleby has been enjoying a fine season, obviously highlighted by the earlier success of Masar in the Epsom Derby, and the trainer could have unearthed a promising stayer with Hamada (2.25, Newbury) looking to continue his winning ways at Newbury today.

Hamada missed the whole of last season but has done well since returning this year, and stepping up in trip.

The four-year-old is three from three this season and looking to make it five on the bounce, which is never an easy thing to do, but the Group Three Geoffrey Freer Stakes looks an ideal opportunity for him to step up in class out of handicap company and continue those winning ways.

Hamada does hold an entry for the Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh next month but not the final Irish Classic itself, however, an impressive victory here and with so much prize money on offer for the Irish St Leger, Hamada could well earn himself a supplementary entry for the big race with victory here against Raymond Tusk, who is among the English St Leger entries at this stage.


Hannon might have more luck in the opener at Newbury. Two time winner Boitron (1.50, Newbury) opened his account in good style when winning at the track first time out back in July and backed that up at Doncaster a fortnight ago when going up to seven furlongs.

The selection has to give 5lbs to Ralph Beckett's filly Antonia De Vega, who caused a surprise when winning first time out and could be open to more improvement, but Boitron looks tough to oppose.

Albeit a 1/2 favourite when winning at Doncaster, the €45,000 yearling purchase was a snug winner on that occasion and should be up to completing the hat-trick.

The biggest betting heat this afternoon is likely to be at Ripon where the Great St Wilfrid Handicap is the feature contest and Growl (3.15, Ripon) might just be able to come out on top for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan.

Kimberella is an interesting runner in here but Growl ran well at Goodwood two weeks ago when third in a similar competitive handicap behind Gifted Master and the six-year-old still looks off a favourable mark to land a big pot.

The William Hill Silver Trophy is a consolation race for the Great St Wilfrid and the Paul Midgley-trained Related (2.05, Ripon) has been consistent enough of late to suggest he can get his head in front here.

Niall 's tips: Newbury

1.50 Boitron

2.25 Hamada

3.00 Sea Fox

3.35 Gustav Klimt

4.10 Sextant

4.40 Come On Come On

5.15 Outofthequestion

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