Friday's Hamilton best bets and racing tips: Hi Clare to break duck

Planet Sport tipsters are up in Scotland for Friday evening's meeting at Hamilton on August 26.

The Lanark Silver Bell is the highlight of the Friday's evening racing at Hamilton, apparently it's one of the oldest sporting trophies in the world. Although that claim will continue to be argued long into the night and beyond, so let's get stuck into the tips instead.

You can get all the latest racecards and results from Hamilton by using the Planet Sport live centre, but first here's a quick list of our tips.


16:35 (Hamilton) Hi Clare

17:10 (Hamilton) Venetian

17:43 (Hamilton) Breckland

18:18 (Hamilton) Canterbury Bell

18:53 (Hamilton) Strawberri

19:23 (Hamilton) Clan Jock

19:53 (Hamilton) Basholo

16:35 (Hamilton) Hi Clare

Runner-up on her last two starts, Hi Clare seeks to shed her maiden tag on her handicap debut.

She kept on well for second on her most recent run at Nottingham and the Kodiac filly looks likely to have more in her locker, despite being burdened with carrying top weight.

Don't Fight It steps back up in trip having gone very close over 5f at Musselburgh on Wednesday, while Nifaliophobia is another to note.

18:18 (Hamilton) Canterbury Bell

Canterbury Bell looks the most likely of William Haggas' charges heading north in the Euan Anderson Of Elmwood Projects Memorial EBF Fillies' Handicap.

She dead-heated with Total Lockdown at Newmarket on her most recent start, making it three wins from six starts and atoning for a disappointing first attempt in handicap company. Another who has shown ability with some cut, a 4lb rise keeps her in the mix.

Pink Carnation certainly wasn't disgraced in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot and she is respected in this much easier contest, while Typical Woman and Smiling Jayne also hold claims.

18:53 (Hamilton) Strawberri

Strawberri lines up in the feature Phoenix Utilities Ltd Lanark Silver Bell Handicap on the back of a convincing Kempton win when stepped up to the same 12-furlong trip she faces here.

Placed in her two previous runs over quarter of a mile less, Strawberri saw out the longer distance in fine style for trainer Roger Varian, coming home three and a quarter lengths clear at the start of the month, with a couple of the also-rans producing two subsequent wins.

The handicapper boosted the Gleneagles filly's rating by 6lb following that effort, but a mark of 88 does not look beyond her now that she has seemingly found her niche, with any ease in the ground another positive in her favour.

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