Go get the 10/1 about George Adamson
George Adamson taeks a drop in class in the 3.30 at Hamilton and after an eye-cating run last time out makes plenty of each-way appeal at 10/1.
Alan Swinbank’s gelding progressed throughout last season and carried on in the same vein when winning on his reappearance at Thrisk off a mark of 72.
He stayed on reall well that day to account for Lady Chaparall who has since gone on to land a competitive amateur riders affair off a mark of 77.
It was therefore slightly disappointing that he failed to trouble the judge in his next two starts, putting in lacklustre performances to be well beaten on both occasions.
However he looked much more like his old self last time out when not enjoying the best of runs before keeping on well to be beaten 2 1/4 lengths into fourth behind Sonoran Sands in a class 4 event at Newmarket.
The winner is a pretty useful sort, whose previous runs included a solid fourth to Guineas runner-up Dubawi Gold in a listed contest at Lingfield, and it was a decent effort by the selction to try and give him 1lb.
Today’s contest is a class 5 event, so represents a drop in class for George Adamson who has also been cut a bit of slack by the handicapper and is now back to just 3lb above his last winning mark.
His handler also has a 25% strike rate at the track, having saddled five winners and four placed horses from 20 runners in the past 12 months, and with condityons very much in his favour this afternoon everything looks in place for a huge run.
I had him priced up at no bigger than 8/1, so the 10/1 available looks too big and should be snapped up.
Recommended bet: 3pts each-way George Adamson (10/1 bet365, Hills – BOG)
16/1 Ivestar ready to shine
Ivestar looks well weighted in the opener at Hamilton (2.30) and looks worth chancing at 16/1 at a track which seems to bring out the best in him.
Ben Haslam’s six-year-old has a habit of starting slowly which often costs him dearly, and has only regsitered one win in 19 starts on the level.
However that win did come over today’s course and distance last June, when he sprang a 40/1 surprise in the hands of today’s rider Charlotte Holmes off a mark of 60.
He is now 2lb lower in the ratings and his last two runs have shown that he has the ability to be competitive of his current mark.
The gelding ran a blinder to finish fourth to Hayek at this track after a lengthy lay-off, when as usual he put in all his best work late on to be beaten 3 1/4 lengths.
He is now 11lb better off with that rival, and if starting better must surely turn around the form.
His last run at Carlisle at the beginning of the month when finishing 8th of 16 was also far from devoid of promise, and now that he is returned to his beloved Hamilton I would not be surprised to see him get belated back into the winners’enclosure.
Even though he is a risky bet given his run style, I cannot believe that he can be backed at more than twice the price of Hayek given that he is weighted to beat Tim Easterby’s gelding on their running in June.
Recommended bet: 2pts each-way Ivestar (16/1 Betfred – BOG, Sky Bet, totesport)
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