Hamilton Park Racecourse prepares for one of their richest racing nights of the year with a card worth nearly £125,000 in prize money up for grabs, featuring Hamilton Park’s highest-grade race of the year, the Class 1 British EBF 40th Anniversary Glasgow Stakes (Listed).
This year’s running of the listed Glasgow Stakes features a high-quality field with four of the five runners rated at 101 or above. The evening will also have a royal connection at the award-winning Lanarkshire course as Sir Michael Stoute has entered Circle of Fire, which is owned by HM The King and HM The Queen, and will go head to head once again with Godolphin’s Chesspiece after the pair competed in the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. Simon & Ed Crisford, trainers of Chesspiece, will be looking to strike for the second consecutive year having won last year’s renewal with West Wind Blows.
The highest rated horse in the field is the Ralph Beckett-trained Salt Bay who will no doubt be looking for a repeat of his win in this race in 2021 with Aleas, whilst Hayley Turner will make a rare visit to Hamilton Park as she rides Sea Of Roses for trainer Andrew Balding, who missed out on a win when placed second with Groundbreaker last year.
Completing the field is Crackovia under veteran jockey Joe Fanning who has four previous wins in this race, all coming in partnership with Johnston Racing who have a fantastic history in this race having won six previous renewals, most recently in 2020 with Ascot Gold Cup winner Subjectivist.
In addition to the Glasgow Stakes, a strong field of runners has been declared for the G4 Claims Not At Fault Claims Made Easy Scottish Stewards’ Cup, which is a fast and furious handicap over 6f. The race reflects the famous Stewards’ Cup which is run each year during the Glorious Goodwood Festival and the winner of the Scottish version often goes on to run well in the Goodwood race. Five of the field hold early entries for the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood and they will be hoping to emulate Commanche Falls who won the Scottish Stewards’ Cup in 2021 before taking the honours at Goodwood in both 2021 and 2022. Tim Easterby’s Hyperfocus is the highest rated horse in the race but former course and distance winners Jump The Gun and Illusionist will certainly be looking to feature for Iain Jardine and Grant Tuer respectively. Chairmanoftheboard may also be one to watch after placing second at Newmarket in the Class 2 Howden Handicap.
Ashley Moon, Racecourse Managing Director, said: “The Glasgow Stakes has gone from strength to strength in recent years with significant winners such as Subjectivist, Defoe and Postponed all going on to secure multiple wins at Group level. It is extremely pleasing to see a very high-quality field for this year’s renewal with four of the five runners rated at 101 or above and we could well see an equine star of the future. The Scottish Stewards’ Cup also looks a highly competitive race so we’re all set for a great night of quality racing.
Friday night will not only have fantastic racing. We will be celebrating the music of two of Scotland’s greatest music artists with the incredible Simple Minded and Deacon Blue’s tribute bands who will take to the stage after the last race so make sure to get your dancing shoes at the ready”.
Adult tickets are priced at £22.50 when booked online during the advance booking window, saving £5.50 on the full adult price, and are available now at www.hamilton-park.co.uk. As always, children under-18s go free, under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.