By Gordon Brown, Scottish Racing
GEORGE BOWEN bids for back-to-back wins in the Heineken UK Scottish Stewards’ Cup at Hamilton Park on Friday 19 July as Richard Fahey hunts down a fourth strike in the £34,000 dash since 2009.
Twelve months ago the Malton raider streaked home for a comfortable two and three-quarter length success and he is only 2lbs higher this time round with high-flying apprentice Sean Davis in the saddle.
Among the 13 rivals to George Bowen is Rebecca Bastiman-trained Dark Defender who was runner-up in the 2017 race with Keith Dalgleish. This time, on a card worth almost £124,000, the Carluke handler is represented by Lomu, an impressive course and distance winner last year.
Likely favourite is Kevin Ryan’s Yousini, the only three-year-old in the race who has been running well in some competitive race this term.
Richard Hannon and Middleham Park Racing, represented by Leroy Leroy, are after their third success in recent years in the £43,000 Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Glasgow Stakes.
The trainer and owner combination has struck in the past with Ventura Storm in 2016 and Raymond Tusk last year in a race that has produced superstars such as Postponed and Defoe.
Top-rated runner, on a BHA mark of 101, is Mark Johnston’s Persian Moon who was a close fourth at Royal Ascot.
At Hamilton Park on Thursday 18 July, Gavin Crownwell-trained Lever Du Soleil extended his winning sequence to four when scrambling home by a neck from Jabbaar in the Follow @Racingtv On Twitter Handicap. Now unbeaten in four starts in 2019, the Clifford Lee-ridden Irish raider has won on each of Scotland’s three Flat venues as well as throwing in an additional success at Catterick for good measure.