PAUL Mulrennan is looking forward to the big Fair Friday card at Hamilton tonight when he partners top-weight Mass Rally in the John Smith’s Scottish Stewards’ Cup.
Michael Dods’ gelding concedes upwards of 3lbs to his 15 rivals – including tonight’s Scotsman nap Hopes N Dreams – in the £33,000 dash and his jockey said: “He’s a real old favourite of mine and we were a close third in this race two years ago. There was plenty cut that night and that’s the worry, he needs soft ground to show his best.”
Among the opposition to Mass Rally is Sir Reginald and his pilot George Chaloner said: “He’s dropping back in trip as his last few runs have been over 7f including in the Buckingham Palace Stakes. He’s never been to Hamilton before but he should handle the track. He’ll handle the ground and is in good form after Royal Ascot.”
Mulrennan is also aboard Ayrad for Roger Varian in the £40,000 EBF Stallions Glasgow Stakes (Listed). He added: “He was impressive at Hamilton in his maiden over a mile in the spring. He was a bit behind The Great Gatsby in the French Derby but he is still unexposed and lightly raced.”
Ayrad faces six rivals including Impulsive Moment and Sudden Wonder, who were 11th and 15th respectively behind Australia in the Investec Derby.
Joe Fanning rode the first three winners at Ayr on Monday and he did the same at Hamilton yesterday for a near 78-1 hat-trick. This time it was Enlace (Mark Johnston), Fast Finian (Ann Stokell) and Incurs Four Faults (Keith Dalgleish) for the in-form Irishman. Enlace was an impressive three-length winner on her debut and Johnston’s wife Deirdre said: “We like her a lot. She’s just sprouted and is going to be a big girl.”
At Leicester, Derby fourth Arod had no trouble getting back to winning ways in the three-runner At The Races Sky 415 Conditions Stakes. The 2-9 favourite had nine lengths to spare at the line and could have doubled it.
Winning trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam said: “He just wanted to give him a confidence booster. He’s improving all the time. The quicker they go the better he travels and the better he finishes and he loves this quick ground.”