MISS AMELIA wasn’t beaten far under Jamie Hamilton when fourth at Sedgefield last time but the return of Daryl Jacob to the saddle could prove significant in the Smooth Drive Home With Clive Warren Handicap Chase at Hexham today (2.40), as could the drop back down to Class 5 level.
The six-year-old has a win and a half-length second to his name from two runs under Jacob and the son of Midnight Legend remains unexposed on decent spring ground.
The first-time cheekpieces and booking of Silvestre De Sousa is a signal of intent where Geoff Harker’s WHITEHALL is concerned and he can make a winning stable debut in the [Napoleons Casino Bradford Handicap(https://gg.co.uk/racing/15-apr-2019/pontefract-1450) at Pontefract. The Champion jockey has ridden 12 for this yard in first-time cheekpieces previously and three of them won for a profit of £19.00 to a £1 level stake at SP. Six of the nine beaten horses made the frame (16-1, 16-1, 9-1, 7-1, 4-1 and 7-4) and this ex-Sir Michael Stoute inmate, who cost 23,000gns at the autumn sales, and he’s only 3lb higher than when going close at Sandown last summer.
If you were on at best odds guaranteed you got lucky with the SP return of MIRACLE WORKS at Wolverhampton last time where Robert Cowell’s sprinter returned at 11-2 having been just 5-2 in the morning. I was very impressed with that victory as he made the running on the inside rail where the Tapeta surface was much deeper. The runner-up has won since to give the form a boost and Miracle Works, whose record at 5f now reads 311 (2-3) with the defeat excusable as he did best of those to come from off the pace at Newcastle, can break his turf duck in the MPM Flooring Handicap at Windsor (3.00).
Miss Amelia – Hexham 2.40 (1pt win, 100-30 Ladbrokes, Coral)
Whitehall – Pontefract 2.50 (1pt win, 8-1 generally)
Miracle Works – Windsor 3.00 (1pt win, 7-1 generally)