The Messenger Cartmel and Uttoxter Sunday Racing Preview

The Messenger previews Sunday's Horse racing and he has bets on Virgilio and Hammersley Lake.

Uttoxeter 4.20: Virgilio

A typically competitive field for the Summer Cup.

Virgilio is rated highly enough to be plying his trade in the winter months. However he cannot operate on soft ground so is essentially restricted to the big events during the summer. He bounced back to life with a fourth career win at Aintree in May, winning with more to spare than the length winning margin suggested. As a result a 4lb rise is fair. Uttoxeter is a similar left-handed, quite sharp track and as Virgilio is a strong traveller and good jumper I think he will like this big field.

Cartmel 4.30: Hammersly Lake

A horse at his best on flat tracks, Hammersly Lake should be at home on this tight circuit after a fine effort at Uttoxeter last time.

A real fast ground specialist there are not many races for a horse this highly rated who can’t act on winter going. Intrepid trainer Charlie Longsdon even sent him to America last autumn. However this is one race that fits the bill and a return to this 2m4f trip plus fast ground saw him run as well as ever when chasing home Drumcliff in a more competitive race last time.

All his chase victories have been gained on tight tracks, but he does stay this trip well and that will serve him well on this longest run-in in the country where stamina will be required – that could count against Sizing Platinum, whilst also putting pressure on confirmed front-runners such as Princeton Royale and Alderbrook Lad.

Advised bets:

1pt win – Virgilio – 4.20 Uttoxeter at 17/2 with BetVictor

1pt win – Hammersly Lake – 4.30 Cartmel at 4/1 with BetVictor