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Paul Mulrennan: Hoping to make Hamilton a happy hunting ground again

By Paul Mulrennan
Sat 1 Aug 2020

On the back of a brilliant month, the jockey runs us through his five booked mounts for Hamilton Park on Saturday and his thoughts on the action at Goodwood this week.

With 21 winners in July, it's been the second most-successful month of my career to date, but I'm hoping August will be just as good and after a day off to recharge the batteries with my family, I now have five packed days ahead with plenty of good booked rides.

I've got five mounts at Hamilton and, interestingly, three of them scored at the same track on their last start - it can be a track that takes a bit of knowing and where you get plenty of course specialists so maybe that will play in my favour.

For one reason or another, Edgewood has been a horse who has struggled to get things together so far, but I was impressed with him when he won here four weeks ago. He's gone up 7lb but he was nicely on top at the finish and that was both his first start for a while and his debut for Julie Camacho and her husband Steve, who have got their team in really good form.

It's far from impossible that he could have more to offer now things have clicked a bit with him and these colours are obviously ones that I've had lots of luck with. Hopefully, he'll run another really big race in the Thank You Hamilton Park Operations Team Handicap.

Havana Go had been running over five and six furlongs for most of his career, but his dam Stagecoach Jade, by Peintre Celebre, was a winner twice over a mile and a quarter, and he has suddenly hit a new vein of form since moved up in trip this season. I think he's another one with obvious chances in the first division of the Moet & Chandon Handicap.

In the second division I ride Peerless Percy, one of three for Michael Dods. He didn't do anything too quickly as a two-year-old, but on pedigree he is going to improve for a step up in trip this season.

Antico Lady stuck her neck out gamely for me to win last time and I had a sit on her this week and was pleased by how she went. Hopefully, she will show herself to be on an upward curve.

The first of my rides at Hamilton is a two-year-old Blowing Wind, who shaped nicely on his debut at Ripon, without necessarily quite handling the track. He's only going to keep improving with experience.

I've been enjoying the action from Goodwood this week, particularly the wins for Stradivarius and Battaash, as well as Mohaather's succcess in the Sussex Stakes. I don't think I've ever ridden for Marcus Tregoning before, but I've spoken to him plenty of time at the races as he is that sort of man - a gentleman, who is very knowledgable and just loves his racing.

I know I'm not the first to express the sentiment this week, but it's great that he has another very smart horse - and make no mistake, to give 8lb to those three-year-olds, he must be a seriously good one.

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