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Hamilton Park – Preview 14th August 2023

Gordon Brown – Race Reporter

Gordon has a wealth of experience of racing through his background in the written and broadcast media. His current principle role is reporting and supporting the scene in Scotland on Racing TV and relaying the latest news with Scottish angles.

IMPRESSOR, trained by Glasgow Stakes-winning jockey Phillip Makin, bids for a third Hamilton Park strike of the season on Monday evening.

The Yorkshire raider shoulders top-weight in the Book Your Tickets “Hands And Heels” Apprentice Handicap.

“He’s just turned himself inside out this year,” said Makin of the gelding who cost a mere 800gns at the 2020 autumn sales. “The ground and trip should be fine again and we all know he loves the track.”

Rivals to Impressor include Refuge, a four-time scorer at the South Lanarkshire venue and in-form Iain Jardine’s recent Ayr winner Borough.

In the feature race, the £25,000 Allstone Group Scottish Trophy Handicap, one of the market principals, Shine On Brendan, is also chasing a fifth course victory.

Trained by Jim Goldie, his latest Hamilton Park payday came by just a neck on Ladies Night nine-days ago.

In a competitive nine-furlong contest, Daragh Bourke’s hat-trick seeking Gainsbourg and Dubawi Warrior, a handicap debutant trained in Newmarket by William Haggas, are just two others with leading chances.