IAIN JARDINE is looking for another big run from hat-trick seeking Bashful in the Welcome To Racing TV Club Members Handicap at Hamilton Park on Thursday. Following back-to-back strikes at the South Lanarkshire venue and Newcastle, the five-year-old is one of six declared runners in the extended 1m 1f contest. “He’s clearly in great order and having an operation to improve his breathing has obviously helped him,” Dumfriesshire-based Jardine said. “He should have run since that Newcastle win a month ago but, on one occasion, the horsebox broke down on its way to Beverley.”
Rivals to Bashful include stable companion, and course and distance scorer, Havana Party while Jim Goldie has booked veteran light-weight jockey Franny Norton for Shine On Brendan, a three-time winner at Hamilton Park last year. Crack Shot will be just the sixth course runner for Ed Walker as the Lambourn handler attempts to get his name on the track scoresheet for the first time in the Racing TV HD On Sky 424 Novice Stakes. A 190,000gns yearling, he won his maiden over a similar trip at Nottingham 35-days ago.
Likely favourite Botantical, cost even more as he went through the sales ring for 260,000gns at the same age and Roger Varian’s Newmarket raider was only pipped by a neck on his debut at Kempton in early June. The opening British Stallions Studs EBF Nursery Handicap looks a tight-little affair and Ganesha, trained by former Glasgow Stakes-winning jockey Phillip Makin, returns to the scene of his course and debut success in late May.
By Gordon Brown