Hamilton Park report
By Gordon Brown
SAVALAS made it three from three for the season when landing the feature race on the opening day of Hamilton Park’s campaign on Sunday.
Trained by Kevin Ryan and ridden by Tom Eaves, the 15/8 second favourite pipped Lake Volta in a grandstand finish to the totesport.com tangerine Trees Conditions Stakes.
Ryan said: “He has plenty of ability and good attitude as well because he won despite the ground beings little against him. He really tries and wanted it but I’m not sure where he goes next from here.”
Bolder Bob, trained by David Barron, fairly romped away with the totesport.com Buttonhook Handicap in the hands of Ben Curtis. The 9/1 chance slammed Euro Nightmare by three and a half lengths.
Barron daughter and assistant Nicola said: “I think he will probably get two miles in time once he matures. He stayed on well today and is still only four.”
Amazing Grazing, a well-backed 11/4 favourite, won the first race of 2018 at the Lanarkshire venue when landing a touch in the toteplacepot Six Races In Six Races Handicap for in-form Rebecca Bastiman.
A bumper crowd of over 6,000 enjoyed the sunshine on Family Day and even the overspill car park was full for the first of 18 days racing this year at Hamilton Park.