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Scottish racing expert Alan Thomson is on hand to mark your card and give you the best Scottish racing tips for each meeting at Ayr, Hamilton, Kelso, Musselburgh and Perth.

KEITH DALGLEISH saddled four winners last week for Glasgow owner John Wright and one of that quartet, UNIVERSAL GLEAM (3.05), has every chance of following up at Ayr.

The four-year-old made all at Hamilton on Friday evening and is a keen-going type. He is unlikely to get his own way out in front today with confirmed trailblazer Trevithick in the line-up. Universal Gleam is likely to sit on this one’s tail until kicking for home on the fast ground he handles well. The gelding has finished first, second and third at Ayr and can further enhance that fine record in this mile handicap.

YOLO AGAIN (3.35) could manage only sixth behind prolific winner Leodis Dream at Chester earlier this month but she will appreciate this slight drop in class. On this quick ground, Roger Fell’s filly wins the vote over Dalgleish’s recent Beverley scorer Friendly Advice.

The Listed Fillies’ and Mares’ Rothesay Stakes sees Shenanigans put in favourite for Roger Varian. However, VIVIANITE (4.05) is another far traveller and Archie Watson’s four-year-old ran an excellent third to Awesometank and Anna Nerium at Goodwood.

MAULESDEN MAY (4.35) could be another winner to keep the Dalgleish bandwagon rolling along. She goes well at Ayr and wasn’t beaten far behind Apterix at Musselburgh earlier this month.

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HEADMAN (3.00) seemed to get bogged down behind King Ottokar at soggy Newbury last month but conditions should be more suitable on a return trip to the Berkshire track in the competitive London Gold Cup.

Roger Charlton has won three of the last eight renewals and Headman ran two cracking races on the all-weather last season, scoring on debut at Newcastle before chasing home Charlie Appleby’s Zakouski at Kempton. That form is solid as Zakouski wasn’t beaten far in fifth behind Skardu in the Group 3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket last month.

LE BRIVADO (3.40) wins a narrow vote over Laurens in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes. The five-year-old landed the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot last season when trained by Andre Fabre and he shaped with promise on his debut for Aidan O’Brien when a close third in the Gladness Stakes at Naas.

Laurens possibly produced a personal best when scooping the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket last October and she is a big threat in receipt of the fillies’ allowance.

SPACE TRAVELLER (1.50) chased home Shine So Bright in the European Free Handicap at Newmarket last month and Richard Fahey’s colt is trading at attractive odds in the Carnarvon Stakes. Moyasser scored at HQ two weeks ago but a 9lb rise seems pretty severe.

CRYSTAL OCEAN (2.25) landed the Group 3 Al Rayyan Stakes last year before going on to better things and he is a prohibitive 2-5 shot for an action replay.

At Newmarket, the 16-runner Betway Handicap over six furlongs is ripe for an each-way bet and Kevin Ryan’s gelding Yousini fits the bill on the back of his course and distance second here at the Craven fixture when finishing with a flourish behind Top Breeze.

There are small fields for the other two televised events and Raise You has been put in at short odds to land the 1m 2f Listed contest following his six lengths rout at Newbury last month. The ground was soft that day and on this much quicker surface he may be worth taking on with AL HILALEE (2.05). Charlie Appleby’s colt made no show in the Qipco 2000 Guineas but scored on the July course here last season when the track was riding fast.

JASH (2.40) won two out of three for Simon Crisford last season, his sole defeat coming narrowly at the hands of Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns in the Middle Parks Stakes.

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THEGLASGOWWARRIOR (7.30) ran a fine race in defeat at Musselburgh earlier in the week and looks a pretty solid each-way bet in the Braveheart Handicap at Hamilton this evening.

Jim Goldie’s gelding travelled well and may have hit the front a shade too soon at Musselburgh, allowing Bayshore Freeway to rally bravely in the final 100 yards.

Theglasgowwarrior is a dual winner at Hamilton and is closely matched with Seafarer on a line through Bayshore Freeway and Marcus Tregoning doesn’t send many over the border. Mark Johnston has a strong hand with fancied duo Charles Kingsley and Fire Fighting.

Goldie has a live prospect in TOMMY G (8.35), second to Zig Zag Ziggy in a competitive little contest here 12 days ago. Corey Madden takes off 7lb.

KRIPKE (6.25) is up 4lb for his Pontefract victory 16 days ago and looks the type to relish these tough uphill finishes.

KINGDOM BRUNEL (7.00) carries top weight in what appears a pretty modest mile handicap and Robert Ogden’s gelding wouldn’t need to improve on his fifth to Tum Tum at Newcastle to play a leading role. Anchises has shown precious little for new trainer Rebecca Menzies but would have a chance on his previous form with Richard Hannon.

HAFEET ALAIN (8.05) ran a fine third to Roger Varian’s Moraawed at Doncaster last month and takes a slight drop in class in the William Wallace Handicap.

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UAE PRINCE (3.35) could be in for a productive season and Roger Varian’s gelding can justify favouritism in the Matchbook Exchange Handicap at York.

The six-year-old produced his best performance last autumn when running fifth in the Cambridgeshire and this looks a good starting point.

LADY FANDITHA (1.50) is a nice each-way price in the opening 5f sprint. She finished second to Flippa The Strippa (winner at Chepstow on Tuesday) and should go well for the Clive Cox yard.

NATALIE’S JOY (2.25) boats arguably the best form in the Listed Fillies’ Stakes. Mark Johnston saddled her to score at Newbury in July on fast ground and she had subsequent Gimcrack winner Emaraaty Ana in arrears.

STRADIVARIUS (3.00) went through 2018 unbeaten in five starts, including in today’s Yorkshire Oaks when striding three lengths clear of Desert Skyline.

The ITV cameras also switched to Newbury for one race and EMBOUR (2.10) is an attractive each-way price in the 6f Class 2 handicap. Richard Hannon’s gelding ran up to his best when third to Watchable at Doncaster 13 days ago and won on quick ground last season. Favourite Habab has won both starts on the all-weather for Owen Burrows and makes his grass debut.

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VENTURA DRAGON (2.00) rather lost his way on the Flat for Richard Fahey but he was smart enough to score at Doncaster’s Lincoln meeting last March. Ventura Dragon has joined Oliver Sherwood, successful at Perth’s April meeting, and this maiden isn’t strong.

Sherwood saddles Jersey Bear in the three-mile chase but Jim Goldie’s GET OUT THE GATE (2.35) turned over odds-on Commodore Barry at Ayr nine days ago and gets the nod.

LOAD UP TIME (3.10) was one for Gordon Elliott here last month and may be up to defying an 8lb rise. Kajaki didn’t cut much ice on the level at Musselburgh two weeks ago and needs to bounce back.

KATGARY (3.45) attempts three miles for the first time in the Edinburgh Gin Handicap Chase and he was staying on quite well over 2m 4f at Ayr when fourth to Castletown over hurdles on Scottish Grand National day at Ayr.

LEGAL HISTORY (4.15) will be difficult to contain in the two-mile handicap hurdle. The four-year-old was a well-held second in the Sussex Champion Hurdle at Plumpton but had earlier beaten fair sorts Scaramanga and Groveman in the juvenile contest at Ascot.

WILD SAM (5.15) was all set to win at Ayr but tipped up at the final flight. Iain Jardine’s charge is due to go up 5lb in future so remains well handicapped if none the worse for his tumble.

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COPPER KNIGHT (1.50), a dual course and distance winner off lower marks, is worth an each-way punt in the opening 5f sprint at York.

Tim Easterby’s five-year-old was the subject of an old-fashioned plunge at Chester last week that saw him sent off 11-8 favourite. He showed plenty of dash to lead but was harried throughout by stablemate Confessional. Ultimately, the pair proved sitting ducks in the final 100 yards for battle-hardened Merhoob. Stall 11 is just about perfect.

LAH TI DAR (2.25) is an automatic pick for the Group 2 Middleton Stakes. John Gosden’s filly scored by ten lengths on the Knavesmire last August before chasing home Kew Gardens in the St Leger. She bowed out with another very creditable third to Magical at Ascot on Champions Day and looks a cut above her rivals.

TOO DARN HOT (3.00) puts his unbeaten record on the line in the Dante Stakes and has a bit to prove after a setback caused him to miss his first major engagement in the 2000 Guineas. The Gosden-trained colt was most impressive when blasting his rivals to smithereens in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October on good to firm, so slick conditions won’t be a problem. If he is back to his best, Too Darn Hot will be hard to topple.

Roger Varian’s Surfman has been all the rage after catching the eye in no uncertain terms at Newcastle but this is a big step up the ladder.

Aidan O’Brien earmarked Japan for this major Derby trial and his colt should relish this extended 1m 2f trip, having needed every yard of the mile when getting up close home in the Beresford Stakes at Naas.

Godolphin have a proud record at York and Line of Duty completed his hat-trick in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs.

BERINGER (3.35) ran subsequent Cambridgeshire winner Wissahickon to under a length here in June, the pair drawing six lengths clear of the third. Alan King’s gelding built on his third in the Lincoln Handicap by scoring in game fashion at Newmarket. Fast ground suits him perfectly. Keith Dalgleish sent out a most impressive winner yesterday in Soldier’s Minute and the same Glasgow owner will be hoping to top up his winnings with What’s The Story, sure to be all the better for his third at Newcastle.

At Salisbury, BELLA VITA (2.20) showed a good attitude to score at Lingfield 13 days ago over today’s 1m 2f trip and makes some appeal in the fillies’ handicap.

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FIRST ELEVEN (1.50) can kick-start a huge week for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori by landing the Dante meeting curtain-raiser at York. The son of Frankel beat Ghostwatch at Ascot in September on the back of an excellent third to Baghdad in the King George V Stakes at the royal meeting. First Eleven looks the type to improve with age.

Corgi is closely matched with First Eleven on Royal Ascot form, while Crystal King is nicely weighted for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. Favourite Jujaira Prince is up 7lb after a convincing Doncaster victory and looks sure to go well for the in-form Roger Varian team.

The 6f sprint is a very open affair and STAXTON (2.25) can only be a tentative selection against 21 rivals. Tim Easterby’s gelding should be cherry-ripe following his third to Reputation at Ripon last month.

YAFTA (3.00) finished just ahead of Brando following a troubled run at Newmarket last month and can confirm that form in the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes. There is a cracking turnout for this Group 2 contest, with Invincible Army sure to prove popular after overpowering his rivals in the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster’s Lincoln fixture. He chased home Sands of Mail in the Gimcrack Stakes over course and distance last summer but wouldn’t want quick ground.

There are some Oaks reputations on the line in the Musidora Stakes, with Enable’s half-sister Entitle bidding to build on her Lingfield success on only her second racecourse appearance. That form falls short of what is usually demanded to win this Group 3 contest and SPARKLE ROLL (3.35) must go well as long as the Knavesmire hasn’t dried out too much in the past 24 hours.

The Gosden-trained filly is bypassing the Oaks as Gosden feels her confirmation isn’t suited to the Epsom undulations and Sparkle Roll will instead head to Royal Ascot. She was given the kid gloves treatment by Oisin Murphy when beating King Power on quite quick ground at Sandown and has looked a bit special. Frankellina made a winning debut at Yarmouth for William Haggas and fourth home Geizy Teizy won at Windsor on Monday. Sand Share is no back number, either, on the strength of her third to Fleeting in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at last September’s St Leger meeting at Doncaster.

ITV are squeezing in a valuable handicap hurdle from Newton Abbot and CASA TALL (2.10) should go well for Tom George on the strength of his fourth to Cubswin in the Betway Series Final Handicap Hurdle at Haydock.

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SKIDDAW VALLEYS (6.05) has run into a couple of smart sorts lately but Nicky Richards has found him a good opening at Perth this evening. His gelding proved no match for Captain Moirette at Haydock and it was a similar story here last month when Gordon Elliott’s Braid Blue landed some hefty wagers. Skiddaw Valleys should have the measure of market rival I’m Wise Now.

IM TOO GENEROUS (6.35) represents in-form trainer Rebecca Menzies and is fancied to make a winning debut over fences. The nine-year-old is chasing a hat-trick following hurdles victories at Ayr and Musselburgh under tonight’s 5lb conditional Nathan Moscrop.

ICONIC BELLE (7.05) returns from a short break and must go close in the mares’ handicap hurdle for Phil Kirby. She was beaten six lengths by Im Too Generous at Musselburgh and wasn’t disgraced previously when fourth at Doncaster. Maurice Barnes has Carlisle winner Lady Samback in top form but she twice disappointed at Perth last summer.

THE BOOLA BEE (7.35) is turned out quickly by Nigel Hawke after scoring at Warwick four days ago and his mare should be involved in the finish to the 3m handicap chase. That victory came on the back of a fair effort at Newton Abbot in April.

SHANROE AL C (8.05) justified favouritism here three weeks ago, travelling strongly into the straight. Karl Thorntoun’s Irish raider had to be driven right out to beat off Gordon Elliott’s Load Up Time but that still looks the best piece of form on offer. The Hawke-trained Farmer Boy showed much improved form to score at Market Rasen last month and should show up well.

The concluding novices’ handicap hurdle is a poor event and SKYHILL (9.05) is worth an each-way dabble after showing a glimmer of promise at Newcastle early last month.

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KUPA RIVER (3.05) justified very strong market support at Musselburgh ten days ago and Roger Fell’s gelding can defy a 6lb rise on a quick return to the track. Owners Middleham Park Racing set punters a poser as they also run top weight Right Action, a winner in slightly higher grade at Doncaster when last seen at the end of March, and trading at slightly shorter odds.

In the 1m 6f handicap, bookmakers are finding it hard to separate Simon Crisford’s Maybe Today and recent Bath scorer Bayshore Freeway. .Jim Goldie’s THEGLASGOWWARRIOR (3.05) may have been overlooked at bigger odds and he should strip sharper for his comeback third here behind Claire Underwood ten days ago.

TAWSEEF (5.45) looks to have been put in at the wrong price at 11-2 by bet365, as the top weight has dropped to a feasible mark on the Flat. The last time Donald McCain’s gelding ran on the level at Musselburgh he romped home by 15 lengths under today’s rider Ella McCain. Tawseef ran well enough over 3m 2f at Carlisle last month to suggest he retains most of that ability.

Elite Icon holds a narrow verdict over Frame Rate on their run here ten days ago and blinkers may have the desired effect on Iain Jardine’s runner-up.

Irish raider Bahlwan won a course and distance sprint 11 days ago and will be a popular pick to follow up. Eric Alston’s BOUDICA BAY (2.30), fourth to Red Indian at Southwell, would have a big shout if repeating the form of her Catterick victory last September.

CAPE VICTORY (2.00) should land the odds in the opener following two second prizes on the all-weather.

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CLASSIC Trials day at Lingfield is always informative, without making shock-waves in the ante-post markets, and ANAPURNA (1.55) can come out best of the three Frankel fillies going to post for the Oaks rehearsal.

Anapurna thumped Charlie Appleby’s Dawn Crusade by five lengths on the Lingfield all-weather at the end of January and John Gosden’s three-year-old has the beating of stablemate Elisheba on a line through the Godolphin horse.

Aidan O’Brien’s Anthony Van Dyck is clear top-rated for the Racebets Derby Trial and is a general even-money chance. With ten declared, the each-way alternative is an improving son of Frankel, CAP FRANCOIS (2.30), runner-up to another O’Brien colt Cape Of Good Hope in the Investec Blue Riband Trial at Epsom last month.

CHARLES KINGSLEY (3.05) is one of the best bets of the day in the 1m 5f handicap at Lingfield. He has had the misfortune to run into a couple of smart rivals on his last two starts, chasing home Setting Sail at Wolverhampton and then occupying the same position behind bang-in-form Rare Groove at Hamilton last Sunday.

DANCING STAR (3.40) has a little to find with favourite Pretty Baby on their running at Goodwood last August but Andrew Balding’s mare is trading at attractive each-way odds.

There is some competitive ITV racing at Ascot, none more so than the Tote Victoria Cup, and RIPP ORF (4.00) reserves his very best for the straight course here. David Elsworth will have him fighting fit for his defence of last year’s victory off a lower mark. Rip Orf ran well in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster and was poorly drawn when down the field in the Newbury Spring Cup, but there should be no excuses this time.

Lightly-raced SETTING SAIL (2.15) was a six lengths winner at Wolverhampton and showed his versatility by scoring on turf at Goodwood. He looks a solid wager, as does BARSANTI (2.50), bidding to follow up last year’s victory in the Listed contest. Salouen was more than two lengths back in third and appears held, although the bookies have marked him up as odds-on favourite.

The fillies’ handicap over a mile is more open and Hugo Palmer’s LABREGA (3.25) is the each-way suggestion after her third in a blanket finish at Chelmsford City last month.

Haydock stages the Pertemps Network Swinton Handicap Hurdle and LE PATRIOTE (3.10) could defy top weight at big odds for Dr Richard Newland. Le Patriote won the Scottish Champion Hurdle Trial at Ayr in fine fashion in November and returned from a break to score at Cheltenham.

Paul Nicholls has done well with the ex-Michael Bell-trained Christopher Wood and the four-year-old rates a threat on the back of his third to Pentland Hills at Aintree. Mister Fisher was well held in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle but must go well now sent handicapping by Nicky Henderson.

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