Back Jack at heavy Hamilton

Ben Linfoot is in the racing tip of the day chair and he heads to Hamilton where he is backing a local hero.

Jack Dexter: Can land an overdue success this afternoon in ideal ground conditions

Jack Dexter – 3.50 Hamilton

The ground is heavy at Hamilton, but the good thing is they survived a morning inspection. Conditions must be just about as testing as they get at the Scottish track.

With that in mind, there doesn't look to be a better bet on the card than Jim Goldie's local hero JACK DEXTER and I'm keen to get with him at the general 4/1 this morning.

The seven-year-old isn't as good as he used to be, I think we learnt that much in the Ayr Gold Cup where he could only manage 12th off the most lenient mark he has had in the race.

However, he was only beaten just over eight lengths and he'd previously run really well a couple of times at Ascot, suggesting the old spark is still there even if it hasn't quite ignited him this campaign.

Yet today, thanks to the heavy conditions, he could well put in a season's best – something which could be good enough.

His record in heavy ground is 1-3-4-1, with that first win coming in the Ayr Bronze Cup and the latest one coming in the Listed Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster last November.

He hasn't faced conditions as testing since, but, as previously mentioned, he's been running alright on fast ground this summer and he's certainly proven himself on similar conditions to today's many more times than his rivals.

He's third best in on official ratings today anyway, with Ascription one of those rated higher. He returned from a lengthy absence on his debut for Keith Dalgleish in the Ayr Gold Cup, but was over four lengths behind Jack Dexter.

It's hard to see him reversing that form on today's ground and that just leaves Danzeno, the 11/10 favourite who is rated 10lb higher than the selection.

This is an obvious chance for him, but he's had plenty of those in his last 14 starts and he has just one win to show for it, a four-runner conditions stakes at Musselburgh.

He can be very slowly away and he's never run on conditions this testing, although he has run well on the couple of occasions he's encountered soft ground.

At 11/10, though, he's well worth taking on considering that poor win strike-rate alone.

And the second best in the market, Jack Dexter, looks well placed to take advantage now he has his ideal ground for the first time in almost a year.

Preview posted at 0830 BST on 26/09/2016

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