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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Silvanus attempts to give weight and years to nine rivals

Silvanus (right): seen in winning action at Catterick
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It's not only in jumps racing where racegoers fall in love with old-timers. Wednesday's Flat action showcases five hardened horses in their twilight of their careers and still doing the business, three of them in the sprint handicap at Hamilton.

Silvanus is now a 12-year-old and will be having his 123rd race when he bids to give weight and years to his nine rivals in the 7.25 at Hamilton.

Claimed for £5,000 back in 2009, he has won 16 times and amassed earnings of just under £128,000 in a career stretching back to 2007.

He goes into today's race on the back of three seconds, but the handicapper clearly considers him to be no back marker as he has put him up 3lb for those three runs.

His trainer Paul Midgley said: "He's in great form, was unlucky at Musselburgh three runs back and on his last two starts he has bumped into one, but there doesn't look to be anything lurking in today's field.

"I ride him out most days and he doesn't ride like a 12-year-old. He's a very sound and genuine horse who doesn't owe us anything and I wish I had a few more like him and he'll be very hard to replace."

Purple patch

Ten-year-old Seamster is another veteran in the Hamilton race. He enjoyed a tremendous couple of months in 2016 for first-season trainer David Loughnane in 2016, during which he ran 12 times and was never out of the frame, winning five races, finishing second three times, third three times and fourth once with his turf rating going up from 56 to 85.

Loughnane said: "He's in great heart. My partner and I own him and the intention was to run him this season and then retire him but I can't see that happening. He's been a star for us and he still enjoys life. He ran well at Goodwood on Sunday when third to Zac Brown who was 22lb well-in on his all-weather rating.

"Unfortunately his regular rider Cameron Noble can't go to Hamilton but we've got Rowan Scott, who is a good claimer and having a good season. I think the course will suit him."

Course specialist 

The other pensioner in Hamilton's 7.25 is the ten-year-old track specialist Bronze Beau, who gained his fifth course success two weeks ago when having his 112th outing.

He is trained by Kristen Stubbs, who said: "He loves Hamilton, he can get a breather in and loves running down the hill. Even at his age he has shown no signs of losing his speed and he pulls my hands off when I ride him every morning. We did think about retiring him and I tried him show jumping but that didn't work out."

Bidding for win number 22

In the 7.55 at Hamilton, the ten-year-old I'm Super Too will be making his 85th appearance and bids for his tenth win having finished third to stable companion Talent Scout at Beverley on his previous start.

Earlier on in the day, in the 5.10 at Yarmouth, the 11-year-old Jonnie Skull will be making his 205th start and looks for his 22nd win.

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