Business picks up at the end of a quiet week with runners at Hamilton and Perth over the weekend and Ayr on Monday.
First to take his chance is Red Missile, who aims to build on an encouraging third at Ayr in the 1m5f handicap at Hamilton this evening. Now back down to his last winning mark, Missile is potentially well handicapped, though this appears quite a competitive contest in which a top-three finish would represent a very pleasing result.
We have three runners at Perth tomorrow, spearheaded by Castletown in the 3m novices’ handicap chase. Consistent since winning at Kelso in May, he should be on the premises once more.
Lucky Flight has been a revelation since reverting to front-running tactics and aims to complete a hat-trick in the feature 2m handicap chase run for the Perth Silver Cup. It will probably take a career-best performance for him to continue his winning run back up in grade, but we hope he’ll prove up to the task. Similarly, Maifalki has leading claims in the finale, the 2m handicap hurdle for conditional jockeys. Runner-up on both previous starts for the yard, we think he’s on a good mark and he has the added benefit of Patrick claiming a further 10lb off his back.
At Ayr on Monday, Flylikeaneagle will attempt to follow up last Sunday’s success at the same track in the closing 1m handicap. He is saddled with a 5lb penalty due to that win on his stable debut, but he remains well handicapped on his best form and isn’t expected to have any trouble coping with the drop back in trip.
Lucinda Russell Racing