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Angus McNae's top tips for Sunday: It all points to Navigator at Hamilton

By Angus McNae
Sat 11 Jul 2020

There has been a continuous flow of top-class racing on Racing TV over the past few weeks. On Sunday we take a breather with racing from Hamilton and Dundalk, but nonetheless, the racing is very interesting and I have four selections for you.

12.45 Hamilton: Quanah at 4-1 with William Hill

This is a tough and upwardly mobile sprinter. He has won three of his last five starts, which includes a win here at Hamilton last time out.

That win came off a mark of 65 and off just a 3lb higher mark here, he still looks well treated. In that race he defeated Abate - who had won at Thirsk on his previous start - and is quite progressive, so the form has a strong look to it.

He is at his best with some give in the ground and the good to soft going will suit him. He rates a good bet at 4-1.

2.25 Hamilton: The Navigator at 7-1 with bet365

WATCH: The Navigator caught the eye last time out

This horse looks ready to strike again now having shaped miles better than the bare result at Ayr last time out.

At Ayr behind Pour Me A Drink, The Navigator missed the break badly, was forced to race wide on the home turn and was forced to use up petrol to make up the lost ground before flattening out on the back of that effort late on.

The finishing speed percentage in that race was 109.2 per cent, which explains why The Navigator had little chance of winning from a positional perspective.

He looks sure to have a much stronger gallop to aim at here and a stiff finish suits him, as he showed when winning at Carlisle last season. 7-1 simply looks too big.

3.00 Dundalk: Shooting Spirit at a general 5-2

After having had just three runs, this is a horse with plenty of latent potential. He has shaped well on all of his starts to date where, on every occasion, he has shown that he has a high cruising speed.

In particular, last time out at Navan he went with real zest before weakening in the final furlong. The switch to the all-weather could be a shrewd move as his dam is by Exceed and Exel, and a very useful 7lb claimer has been booked.

The sharp five furlongs on this surface should really suit and he rates a decent play.

3.25 Hamilton: Antico Lady at 11-2 with William Hill and Bet Victor

Michael Dods has his team in good form now and this filly has only had a couple of starts for him since leaving Brian Ellison.

She shaped well on her first start for the yard at Wolverhampton before failing to stay ten furlongs at Haydock last time out.

She returns to a mile now with some ease in the ground, which should be ideal. Paul Mulrennan is riding with plenty of confidence at the moment and should be able to adopt a handy position from stall two in a race where there does not look to be a lot of pace on.

I think this filly will go off at odds shorter than 11-2 and rates a bet at that price.

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