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Newbury: Hamilton's first Listed race draws a field of seven.

HISTORY is being made on two counts this evening when Hamilton stages its first Listed race, which, as it is worth pounds 40,000, is also the richest event to be run at the track.

Fittingly, the Saffie Joseph & Son Braveheart Rated Handicap has attracted a highly competitive field of seven, and features the reappearance of the Jamie

Osborne-trained Red Wine, whose five wins last season were capped by success in the Tote Scoop6 November Handicap at Doncaster.

The Lambourn raider went on to score over timber at Newbury and, following a hard race when ninth in the Triumph Hurdle, has been given a rest by Osborne, who believes the four-year-old could make up into a Cup horse.

He said: "Red Wine will tighten up a little bit for the run but he will love the ground. The trip, I would imagine, would be ideal, and the track should suit him.

"It is a step up and he is going to need a career-best to win it off a mark of 93, and he is now competing with horses that have been involved in Group races, but hopefully he will keep improving and physically he looks better than he has ever looked."

Among Red Wine's rivals, headed by Compton Bolter from Gerard Butler's yard, are the Mark Johnston pair Tomasino and Stunning Force, and Putra Sandhurst and Dusky Warbler, who represent Michael Jarvis and Michael Bell respectively.

Jarvis said: "He's had tendon trouble. He broke down in the March Stakes and I think if his legs hold up he'll improve for his racing this year.

"Some ease in the ground is essential for him and hopefully he's fit enough."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 16, 2003
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