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Master Bond can scorch a trail to victory in the Chatelherault Palace Handicap at Hamilton.

David O'Meara's speed merchant slightly lost his way after winning so well at Beverley last summer, but he seems to be nicely coming to hand for this five-furlong dash.

The gelded son of Misu Bond endured a spell in the doldrums since his two-and-a-quarter-length cakewalk on the Westwood, but he has begun this season brightly enough.

A close-up third on his seasonal bow at Thirsk was much more like it, while he again ran with honour in a decent six-furlong handicap at York on June 14.

Master Bond looked the winner for a long way on the Knavesmire, but he flattened out at the business end and ended up finishing fifth, beaten five and a quarter lengths by stablemate Highland Acclaim.

The form might not yet have amounted to too much, but O'Meara's five-year-old is clearly in a far happier place than during an uneventful all-weather campaign in the winter.

Just as important is the fact he is still on the same mark off which he won at Beverley last year.

Any rainfall would be helpful, but Master Bond is reasonably versatile on that front as he faces seven uninspiring rivals who are neither in form nor unexposed.

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Rebecca Romero is likely to have more fortune at Bath than she did on her most recent outing a fortnight ago.

Denis Coakley's seven-year-old must carry top weight in the New Horse Racing Odds At unibet.co.uk Fillies' Handicap but she remains well treated on her best form.

Connections will also argue that there were credible reasons why she did not trouble the judge when last seen at Salisbury in a five-furlong sprint.

Rebecca Romero made a bad start from the stalls, after which she had to be switched wide for a run.

Once she did hit her stride, the game was up and she was beaten just under five lengths by Extrasolar.

The mare is now on the same mark off which she won so well at Salisbury last summer, so it makes sense to keep the faith as she was well backed last time.

Rebecca Romero is already a course-and-distance winner and has often posted her finest efforts on a racecourse when the ground is rattling fast.

Last Minute Lisa deserves recognition in the Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors Handicap at Brighton.

The Sylvester Kirk-trained filly came from too far back over a mile at Lingfield on June 10 but finished with a hint of purpose to take fourth spot behind Carrera.

There was, however, no genuine pace on offer that day, which made life slightly tougher for Richard Hughes to engineer a winning a move.

In any event, Kirk will be happy that the assessor has taken off a decent chunk of weight for this encounter, which is certainly of interest given her easy course-and-distance success a few weeks earlier from off just a 3lb lower mark.

The four-year-old daughter of Strategic Prince is not an easy horse to get right, but she likes to hear her hooves beat on the turf and does not appear to have too much on her plate in a moderate race.

Fontwell scorer Seventh Sky has enjoyed life over this fences this summer and must have a fighting chance of landing a double in The Sheppard Family Handicap Chase at Stratford.

SELECTIONS

BATH: 6.10 Jimmy's Girl, 6.40 Protected, 7.10 Aryal, 7.40 Go Charlie, 8.10 Rebecca Romero, 8.40 The Kid, 9.10 Enquiring.

BRIGHTON: 2.30 Birdie Queen, 3.00 Bereka, 3.30 Tryster, 4.00 Nordic Quest, 4.30 Last Minute Lisa, 5.00 Byrd In Hand, 5.30 Gulland Rock.

GOWRAN: 5.50 Highland Reel, 6.20 Angel Of Joy, 6.50 Hilary, 7.20 Halul, 7.50 Red Rocks Point, 8.20 Caliso Bay, 8.50 Leaf.

HAMILTON: 2.15 Surewecan, 2.45 Dutch Lady, 3.15 Corton Lad, 3.45 Victory Laurel, 4.15 MASTER BOND (NAP), 4.45 Epic Voyage, 5.15 Funding Deficit.

STRATFORD: 6.00 Flash Tommie, 6.30 Focail Maith, 7.00 Seventh Sky, 7.30 Provincial Pride, 8.00 Bob Keown, 8.30 Chalk Farm.

DOUBLE: Master Bond and Rebecca Romero.

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