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Wicked Wilma to be the toast in Blended Scotch Whisky Handicap.

TODAY'S TIPS HAMILTON: 2.30 Burnwynd Boy, 3.00 Sonko, 3.30 Jonny Delta, 4.00 Quails Hollow, 4.30 WICKED WILMA (NAP), 5.05 Seldom, 5.40 Smart Violetta.

HEREFORD: 4.55 Eastlake, 5.30 Timoca, 6.00 Henri Prends Garde, 6.30 Tri Nations, 7.00 Jive Master, 7.30 Yorkshire Knight, 8.00 Lily Le Braz.

KEMPTON: 2.15 Masivo Man, 2.45 Blaise Chorus, 3.15 Jodawes, 3.45 Pegasus Again, 4.15 Anjaz, 4.45 Golestan Palace, 5.15 Local Singer.

WINDSOR: 5.20 Ladyship, 5.50 Middleton Flyer, 6.20 King Kenobi, 6.50 Imaginary Diva, 7.20 Jameel, 7.50 Moynahan. DOUBLE: Wicked Wilma and Quails Hollow.

WICKED Wilma has enough about her to defy top weight in the race of the day Hamilton.

Despite her advancing years, Alan Berry's tough mare has been in the form of her life this season, having rattled off a mid-summer hat-trick with consummate ease. Her winning run may have ended at Musselburgh a week ago, but there is still plenty of cause for optimism ahead of the Isle of Skye 8-Y-O Blended Scotch Whisky Handicap.

Wicked Wilma was, on her last start, 13lb higher than when first successful this year, over course and distance in July.

Claims she may now be in the pocket of the handicapper might be premature, though, as she was pinched for room at a crucial stage at Musselburgh before galloping on for fifth behind useful yardstick Green Park.

Indeed, the seven-year-old daughter of Tagula is still only 3lb higher than when last victorious, again over Hamilton's five furlongs.

Julie Burke has also struck up a really good alliance with Wicked Wilma, on whom her 5lb claim is vital, while the horse is clearly adept with any ease in the ground.

Hamilton is not the most straightforward course in the United Kingdom, so Wicked Wilma's savvy in Lanarkshire should also be factored into the equation.

Quails Hollow, meanwhile, can set the record straight in the St Andrews First Aid Rating Related Maiden Stakes. The William Haggas-trained three-year-old suffered a painful reverse at Southwell last month when failing to justify 2-5 favouritism over a mile and a half. There were extenuating circumstances that day, however, as he appeared to detest the all-weather surface, having refused to settle until it was too late.

Quails Hollow eventually warmed to his task to take second place, which offered a window of hope for the future.

That was also the case on two tries over a mile and a quarter earlier in the season, in two decent maidens at Chester and Newmarket, when he finished in the money on both occasions.

As a half-brother to the redoubtable The Miniver Rose, he might be seen in an even better light over a mile and three-quarters, but he should still be much happier with his lot back on the turf.

Either way, he is surely the standard bearer in this low-grade affair - especially being in receipt of 9lb from his three rivals.

Moynahan is in the midst of a maddening sequence of results, but now is not the time for his followers to raise aloft the white flag. Paul Cole's six-year-old lines up in the Handicap at Windsor, and could feasibly be the surprise package in this 10-furlong affair.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 22, 2011
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