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Hamilton Park – Preview 25th 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.

THE £100,000 Phoenix Utilities Ltd Lanark Silver Bell is the highlight on the richest card ever staged at Hamilton Park on Friday evening.

Over £212,000 is up for grabs for the seven-race fixture, which also includes the inaugural running of the £50,000 Darnley EBF Novice Stakes

Jim Goldie, successful twelve months ago with Wickywickywheels, is triple-handed in the historic Lanark Silver Bell, which has been run at its current home since 2008.

His trio includes three-time course scorer Sir Chauvelin who was only pipped by a neck last year.

One of the likely market principals is Ed Bethell-trained Chillingham, who was fourth in a competitive handicap at Royal Ascot in June.

Last month’s Ayr winner Paddy The Squire, trained by Iain Jardine, is one of three three-year-olds in the 1m 4f contest while Roger Varian’s Newmarket raider Postileo, now equipped with first-time cheek-pieces, was a fluent victor of the Buttonhook Handicap over slightly further at the South Lanarkshire venue in May.