Bet Victor Racing Column

Bet Victor Racing Column

Bet Victor Racing Column

First published in Sport

There is a decent card from Hamilton Park this afternoon with the feature the £15,000 Conditions Stakes over five furlongs which sees the British debut of the former Italian trained Victory Laurel blinkered for the first time for Robert Cowell.

On official figures he has 7lbs and more in hand but a chance is taken on course specialist Hopes N Dreams (3.45) despite the fact that all six course wins have come over six rather than the minimum trip.

The selection has not been in the best of form in her three starts this term but comes alive at Hamilton and might be able to make her own running for Paul Mulrennan.

Pipe Bomb (2.15) cost 140,000 Guineas as a yearling and shaped with considerable promise when in mid-division at York last month and with that experience behind him he is likely to be hard to beat in the opener.

Richard Fahey introduces an 80,000 Guineas newcomer Spring Offensive and Surewecan was only beaten a head on his Ayr debut for Mark Johnston.

Corton Lad scored at Newcastle over the weekend and his 6lb penalty is negated by the claim of apprentice Kevin Stott but he was given a very soft lead on that occasion and there are two more front-runners in the field.

The maiden Mambo Rhythm (3.15) is a daughter of Authorized and any rain would obviously help but the Johnston yard are in a rich vein of form at the moment and she can break her maiden at the ninth time of asking

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