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Carberry eyes Hamilton history

Megan Carberry bids for a slice of history at Hamilton Park on Friday night when she partners Memory Cloth in the Ladbrokes Lanark Silver Bell.

The 20-year-old would become the first female jockey ever to win the historic trophy which origins dates back to the mid 12th century.

Carberry is based with Memory Cloth's trainer Brian Ellison and she said: "I would say he should run a big race. The ground was too quick when he was an unlucky at Carlisle last time and this has been his target for a while.

"I've ridden him four times and we've won three and been second so that's not a bad record. You need a mount like him and he's the horse that has put me on the map.

"It would be great to win such an old race and the ground seems to be coming right. He should like Hamilton and I've enjoying riding at the track for the first time this year even although I've had a winner and a fall!"

Memory Cloth is one of 13 declared for the 26,000 handicap over 1m 4f with Fergal Lynch partnering joint topweight Grandorio.

Mark Johnston, who has saddled three of the last five winners, is double-handed with Special Fighter and Swivel.

The Kingsley House trainer, who is a non-executive director at the Lanarkshire track, said: "I would say Special Fighter is my number one hope as he has a very good good chance and this is a race I always love to win."