Union Island has strong credentials at Hamilton

Charlie Johnston, trainer of Union Island
Inside Line

UNION Island can open his account at the fourth time of asking now handicapping in the Sharles C.A. Nursery at Hamilton.

The youngster started off his career in great fashion, showing great early speed and only being run down close home.

That form now looks exceptional as the horse who caught him was Adrian Keatley's Ballymount Boy who has subsequently finished second to Vandeek in the Richmond Stakes and Indian Run in the Acomb.

It may look like Union Island has not progressed since his debut but you would be being very harsh for not forgiving him his Goodwood run, when drawn completely on the wrong part of the track and then his Ripon run last time out was respectable enough for a third effort, which meant he then qualified for a mark.

The Ripon form is also strong, with the second and third both winning next time out so while a mark of 78 is hardly a gift, Union Island should still play a part in the finish.

Can't Stop Now is on very good terms with himself at present and has every chance of defying a big weight in the Bardykes Farm Nursery School Handicap.

Versatile regarding trip, he is also a dual winner over hurdles so certainly pays his way every season.

Beaten half a length into fifth at Musselburgh last month, he then won at Carlisle before being beaten just a neck at Chester last time out.

He is up another 2lb but arrives in much better form than most of his rivals.

P J McDonald has a decent strike-rate when riding for Rod Millman and the pair team up with Four Adaay in the Dale Hall And Hickman Associates Handicap at Leicester.

Ultra consistent, Four Adaay has been placed in 22 of his 39 races and can usually be relied upon to run right up to his mark.

He did win off his current mark of 72 at Newmarket earlier in the season and has gone close the last twice off the same rating.

Ralph Becket had several entries to choose from in the British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes so the fact he relies upon Doha could be telling.

Mind you, her pedigree makes her stand out like a sore thumb in any case.

She is a daughter of two Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winners in Sea The Stars and Treve so you would be hoping she can at least win at Leicester maiden.

Clearly she was never going to be an early type but she was unraced at two and only made her debut earlier this month so has taken plenty of time.

Third at Kempton, she stayed on nicely over a mile suggesting this step up to 10 furlongs will suit her nicely.


NAP: Union Island (2.55 Hamilton)

DOUBLE: Can't Stop Now (4.40 Hamilton)

TREBLE: Four Adaay (3.50 Leicester)

YANKEE: Doha (4.25 Leicester)