Hamilton Course Guide

The Scottish track stages racing throughout the summer months, with its most important races being the Listed Glasgow Stakes, a 1m 3f event for three-year-olds which is run in mid-July, and the Lanark Silver Bell, a handicap over a mile and a half run in late August.

Understood to be one of the oldest prizes in Sport, the Lanark Silver Bell was restored in 2008 having not been previously run since 1977 when Lanark racecourse closed. It is believed that the Silver Bell was first contested over a thousand years ago when the Bell was gifted to Lanark by King William the Lion. Trainer Mark Johnston boasts an excellent record in the race having won it three times in four years from 2011-14.


Right handed, sharp, undulating. There are steep gradients into and out of a pronounced hollow just over three furlongs from the winning post, with a severe hill up to the finish. When the ground becomes testing, runners generally stick to the far rail.

It’s vital in distance races at Hamilton that you get your mount to settle early on, otherwise you’ll be going far too quick down the hill, long before you get to the top loop. Balance is all-important for any horse running there, which means you get a few track specialists. The steep run down to the bottom of the dip can cause jockeys to start racing too early and, because it’s a long way home from there, they can be walking from the two to the one pole. There’s very little draw bias in sprint races.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver
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