By Gordon Brown
NEVER BE ENOUGH makes a quick reappearance at Hamilton Park on Tuesday after his success under a big weight on Saints & Sinners night five days ago.
Locally-trained by leading course handler Keith Dalgleish, he faces seven rivals in the £30,000 Almada Mile Handicap (For The Watson Memorial Trophy).
Carluke-based Dalgleish said: “It was a good effort on Thursday night as he had 10st on his back. Tom Eaves gets on well with him gave him a nice ride as they came from last to first. Here’s hoping they can do it again and win for the third time over course and distance this year.”
Among the opposition is Victory Command, trained by Mark Johnston who landed this event last year with Ventura Knight.
David Simcock is represented by Nonios and the Newmarket trainer has a 38 per-cent strike-rate at the Lanarkshire track with eight winners from his 21 previous runners.
With a lofty all-weather rating of 93 (8lbs above his turf mark) due to his six wins on artificial surfaces, well treated Nonios is partnered by apprentice Dylan Hogan who is making his first visit to Hamilton Park.
The winning Owner of the race will be presented with the newly unveiled Watson Memorial Cup for the first time.
Sir Julian Somerled Watson, 7th Baronet of Earnock, was a shareholder, loyal supporter and regular visitor to Hamilton Park. Following the passing of Sir Julian in May 2016, the Watson Baronetcy became extinct and since then the team at Hamilton Park have been working closely with the Watson estate to ensure a lasting legacy.
Since it was founded in c1895, The Watson Baronetcy of Earnock contributed considerably to the local Hamilton community. Sir John Watson, 1st Baronet of Earnock, owned several collieries in the area including the Neilsland and Earnock colliery on the Neilsland Estate which covered over 2,000 acres. The Watson family also gifted the elaborate Watson Fountain to the town of Hamilton, which still stands proudly at the triangular merging of Cadzow Street and Muir Street.
World-renowned silversmiths, Hamilton & Inches of Edinburgh, have created ‘The Watson Memorial Cup’ which will pay tribute to the Watson Baronetcy and Sir Julian’s love of racing through special hand-engravings. In 2012, the racecourse also trusted the leading silversmiths with the creation of the Ladbrokes Lanark Silver Bell Trophy inspired by the original ancient relic.
For more information contact Gordon Brown on 07850 258063 for Scottish Racing.