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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Last Update: 27/05/2019 07:00

Upcoming races
17:55 BB Foodservice EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10)
(Class 4) (5f 7y)
  • Winner: Glasvegas 9/4 Fav
  • Jockey: S P Davis Trainer: K Dalgleish
  • Owner: Weldspec Glasgow Limited
18:25 Contraflow Traffic Management Ltd Handicap
(Class 4) (1m 68y)
  • Winner: Universal Gleam 7/2 J2Fav
  • Jockey: J Fanning Trainer: K Dalgleish
  • Owner: Weldspec Glasgow Limited
19:00 Pdm Mains To Drains Handicap
(Class 5) (1m 68y)
  • Winner: Never Be Enough 12/1
  • Jockey: T Eaves Trainer: K Dalgleish
  • Owner: Straightline Bloodstock
19:30 Palmaris Services Braveheart Handicap
(Class 3) (1m 4f 15y)
  • Winner: Theglasgowwarrior 5/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Ben Robinson Trainer: J S Goldie
  • Owner: Mrs Lucille Bone
20:05 Palmaris Integrated Facilities Services William Wallace Handicap
(Class 4) (6f 6y)
  • Winner: Shimmering Dawn 9/2
  • Jockey: T Eaves Trainer: J Tate
  • Owner: Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum
20:35 Patersons Of Greenoakhill Handicap
(Class 5) (6f 6y)
  • Winner: Cool Spirit 10/1
  • Jockey: Barry McHugh Trainer: R A Fahey
  • Owner: The Cool Silk Partnership
21:05 Hamilton Park Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week Handicap
(Class 6) (5f 7y)
  • Winner: Highly Focussed 4/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: J Fanning Trainer: Mrs A Duffield
  • Owner: Evelyn Duchess of Sutherland

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Hamilton Park Racecourse
Bothwell Road
01698 283806

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