Naseem primed to land Hamilton listed glory
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Published
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Mick Channon's consistent Naseem Alyasmeen is selected to land an ultra competitive Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton this afternoon.
The 3-y-o has been kept on the go all through the season and arguably posted a career best effort when chasing home the classy Shantaram in the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket last time out. This 2f shorter trip should not inconvenience her given that she is a smooth travelling type and will certainly handle the softening ground better than many of these rivals. The promising Martin Harley is in the saddle again, and he can cut this classy field down in the closing stages up the hill.
Main danger for the £35,000 prize money comes from Sir Mark Prescott's Albamara. The Galileo filly was an impressive winner of a decent Epsom maiden as a juvenile and was then predictably outclassed when upped to Group 1 company at Newmarket last September. She reappeared in a Listed contest at Newbury and shaped well when third to Great Heavens, tiring as lack of a recent run told from 2f out. That pipeopener will have brought her forward and this step up in trip is certain to suit with Luke Morris sure to be positive.
Sparkling Portrait should find this a good deal easier than the ultra competitive King George handicap at Royal Ascot (far from disgraced in 7th of 18 behind Fennell Bay). Richard Fahey's charge looked a real mudlark when winning at Beverley and Newmarket at the start of the season and would be a real threat if things develop into a slog.
Ed de Gras won his first three career starts in modest company and showed that he could be a factor upped in class when third in the Queens Vase at Royal Ascot. That was over two miles and he might struggle for pace now dropped right back to 1m3f, while Goldoni has failed to progress since winning in deep ground at Epsom in April (well held sixth with few excuses behind Energizer at the Royal meeting).
Perhaps New Youmzain can outrun his odds for those searching away from the obvious. He is bred on the same lines as these connections high-class middle-distance performer Youmzain, and stepped up on a fair debut effort when taking a 1m4f Thirsk maiden in May. Obviously a deal of improvement is required on the bare form, but he has far more scope than most after just two starts and fits into the "could be anything" category.
In summary, a classy renewal of this valuable prize provides a great opportunity for Naseem Alyasmeen to get back on the scoresheet. She has thrived on a very busy spell and looks worth an each-way investment at around 6-1 this morning.
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