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Racing: Hamilton joy for trainer’s daughter

Joe Fanning: Several chances. Picture: Getty

Joe Fanning: Several chances. Picture: Getty

  • by GORDON BROWN
 

MEGAN Nicholls, daughter of champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls, landed the opening lady amateur riders’ handicap on Ben Haslam-trained Operateur on Saints & Sinner night at Hamilton Park.

The winner, who was notching his fourth race in the space of three weeks, is declared to run again at Musselburgh today.

Miss Nicholls said: “He gave me a lovely spin and he seems to love his racing. Hopefully I can get a few more rides on the Flat before the point to pointers come back in as I had an amazing season last year.”

Mu’ajiza produced a smooth effort under Robert Winston to land the EBF Stallions Captain JC Stewart Fillies Handicap in decisive fashion.

At Musselburgh, Joe Fanning has several rides with chances. He starts off on Showstopper in the British Stallions Studs EBF Maiden Stakes and said: “She could go well as she missed the kick on her debut at Lingfield and I expect her to improve.”

Fanning also gets the leg up on Decisive Rebel in the £10,000 Shawbrook Bank Selling Stakes.

He added: “He’s had a couple of half decent runs including when I was fifth on him at Hamilton Last time. He would have to have a chance now he’s dropped into a seller.”

Mason Hindmarsh could also impress at a fair price in the Boogie In The Morning Handicap.

Karen McLintock’s game frontrunner was bustled out of contention at Newcastle last time, but he may be afforded a softer lead from off a reasonably generous mark.

At Newcastle, Magic Of Reality has a chance in the Betfred TV/EBF Stallions Hoppings Stakes. Lady Cecil’s inmate, the daughter of Galileo is probably at her best on fast ground, which may be decisive if the forecast is accurate.

 

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