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Hamilton Park – Preview 19th May 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.

JIMMY LONG has his eye on more Hamilton Park prize money with his home-bred money-spinner Wickywickywheels on Friday night.


The Glasgow owner’s mare is set to shoulder top-weight in the £30,000 Palmaris Services Braveheart Handicap over 1m 4f..


Last August, Wickywickywheels, trained by Jim Goldie, sprung a 14-1 upset in the £100,000 Lanark Silver Bell and Long said: “It wasn’t a surprise to us as she loves the place – that was her fifth course win. She had a good winter in Dubai so hopefully she’ll have another good year here as well as I always try to be champion owner for the season.”


The opposition to the five-year-old includes stable companion Faylaq, who has already finished second and third at Hamilton Park’s first two meetings of 2023.


Also in the line-up is Keith Dalgleish-trained Heights Of Abraham, a half-length runner-up twelve months ago.


Wandering Rocks represents Newmarket-based James Fanshawe, who has saddled two previous runners from just 14 runners at the Lanarkshire venue.


Iris Dancer, trained in Cumbria by Tristan Davidson, bids for a repeat win in the Palmaris Hire Services William Wallace Handicap over six-furlongs.


Last year, when also ridden by Andrew Mullen, she scrambled home by a short-head and arrives this time off the back of finishing fourth over course and distance 12-days ago.