HELLO STRANGER made a winning debut in a Newcastle maiden before a fine effort in a Nottingham handicap won by Ambitious Icarus. He's turned out quickly and on the same mark so has a fine chance to get back on track. Red Baron wasn't beaten far by the selection at Newcastle but went into the race with plenty of experience and appears unlikely to turn the tables. Heroic Endeavour took advantage of heavy ground to land a Hamilton handicap for Jessica Harrington and a 4lb rise looks fair for David Barron's new recruit though Economic Crisis, who was less than a length behind in third, didn't get the best of runs and could turn the tables. Elusive Bonus loves soft ground and ran well at Redcar and, along with Middleton Flyer, can't be dismissed in a very open handicap.
Economic Crisis (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, switched left entering final furlong, soon chased winner, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Heroic Endeavour (8-7) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Colbyor 4-1fav (9-5) Dwelt, always in rear, 9th of 10, 18l behind Heroic Endeavour (8-7) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Travis County (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Dwelt, in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Art Dzeko (9-3) at Southwell 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in May.
Elusive Bonus (IRE) 11-2 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, not reached winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind I'll Be Good (8-9) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Hello Stranger (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) Dwelt held up, headway to challenge over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Ambitious Icarus (8-8) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Middleton Flyer (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) With leader, ridden to lead narrowly inside final 2f, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, joined post, won at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep deadheating with Mr Mo Jo (9-1), 13 ran.
Commanche 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Blue Shoes (9-1) at Carlisle 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Red Baron (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Prominent, led after 1f, ridden over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Hello Stranger (9-3) at Newcastle 5f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep.
Alnair (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Held up behind, headway entering final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Distant Sun (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep.
Heroic Endeavour (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep beating Windygoul Lad (8-8) by 3/4l, 10 ran.