Double header at Hamilton Park

Hamilton Park Racecourse hosts a double header this week with its totepool Glasgow Listed Stakes Day today (Thursday) and John Smith’s Fair Friday tomorrow (Friday) worth more than £140,000 in prize-money.

The £40,000 totepool Glasgow Stakes feature race today, enjoying a new July date and now opened to fillies, has attracted a strong field with representation from the Newmarket yards of Godolphin, Ed Dunlop, Mick Channon and Sir Mark Prescott.

The action starts at 2pm and the seven races across the afternoon, worth almost £70,000 in total, have attracted 56 runners.

Hot on its heels is Friday night’s £33,000 John Smith’s Fair Friday fixture, which boasts another seven quality races beginning at 6.10pm including the John Smith’s Scottish Stewards’ Cup (Handicap), often used as preparation for the Goodwood Stewards’ Cup.

Clerk of the course Hazel Peplinski said: “Our meetings represent a real two-day festival of racing at Hamilton Park with two of our strongest races of the season in the totepool Glasgow Listed Stakes and the John Smith’s Scottish Stewards’ Cup.

“We invested in these races by upping our contribution to prize-money ahead of the season and following a great response by owners and trainers we hope to see some big crowds over the two days.”

The meetings follow another successful Family Night at the weekend and are the last race meetings before Hamilton Park welcomes The Wanted and Westlife for two standalone music concerts on July 22 and 23 respectively.