HAMILTON PARK Preview By Gordon Brown
The seven-year-old Malton raider takes on five rivals in the British Stallion Studs EBF Soba Conditions Stakes over five-furlongs.
Likely to be sent off favourite, El Astronaute is ridden by regular partner, Hawick-born Jason Hart, and Quinn said:
“He’s already won another Listed race at Doncaster this season and I’d say he has to be one of the most consistent horses we have ever had in the yard.
“He’s done most of his racing at five-furlongs so sprinting is his game alright. His mark is still 109 and hopefully there will be a few more good days still to come with him.”
On official BHA ratings Tarboosh and Lahore are likely to be his chief rivals as they race off 105 and 104 respectively.
Tarboosh, trained by sprint king Paul Midgley, won this event two years ago while Lahore, saddled by former jockey Phillip Makin, posted a personal best effort in a Class 2 handicap at York almost a fortnight go.
The nine-race marathon starts off with the Thank You Hamilton Park Grounds Team Novice Auction Stakes in which Archie Watson-trained Ocean Star should be the one to beat if building on her solid second to a subsequent winner at Chepstow in June.