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Hamilton Park – Preview 19th September 2021

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.

DUAL-champion jockey Oisin Murphy makes a rare visit to Hamilton Park on Sunday when he is booked for five mounts.

The 26-year-old Irishman is currently leading the 2021 championship table from great rival William Buick and his only previous appearance at the Lanarkshire track came in 2016 when two rides yielded a second and a fourth.

He swings into action on Hugo Palmer-trained Evocative Spark in the opening Usave Business Energy Consultancy EBF Novice Stakes.

A colt by the mighty Frankel, he was awarded the race in the  stewards’ room after finishing first-past-the-post at Ffos Las just over three week ago.

Murphy is also aboard Urban Violet for Mick Channon in the Usave Business Energy Specialist Fillies’ Handicap and, as a signal of his intention to land a hat-trick of titles, he partners David O’Meara-trained Trusty Scout in the Big Drew Hunter Memorial Selling Stakes.

Rebecca Menzies saddled the winner of the Handicap last year in the shape of Vintage Polly and the County Durham trainer bids to keep hold of the trophy with Water Of Leith.

The three-year-old has slipped to his lowest career mark to date and the booking of Murphy in this six-furlong dash could be significant.

Murphy’s final mount comes on top-weight Mews House for Grant Tuer in the Members Of Hamilton Park Racecourse Handicap over five-furlongs.