14:15 Hamilton

Leg 1 Selection: Retirement Beckons

RETIREMENT BECKONS is the only previous course winner in this six-runner field and he represents the in-form Linda Perratt stable who are currently operating at a 50% strike rate with five winners from ten runners in the last two weeks. The seven-year-old is a three-time course and distance winner including last month when the gelding won by 1 ¼ lengths here off a mark of 46.

Since that run he has placed twice at Ayr off a mark of 50 before winning by a length at Ayr 10 days ago. The handicapper has raised Retirement Beckons 2lbs for that victory up to a mark of 52 which is his highest rating for a couple of years but he is clearly thriving at the moment and should hit the frame once again.

14:45 Hamilton

Leg 2 Selection: Tribal Hunter

This maiden looks to be between Thankuappreciate and TRIBAL HUNTER and preference goes to the latter who is more unexposed than his main market rival. Tribal Hunter ran well to finish only a short head behind the more experienced Hougoumont on his debut at Newcastle earlier this month when getting the hang of things late over 6f. This switch to turf shouldn’t be a problem to him and I expect him to get off the mark at the second attempt.

15:15 Hamilton

Leg 3 Selections: Mark’s Choice

MARK'S CHOICE ran a fantastic race in the Great St Wilfrid Handicap on Saturday from 10lbs out of the handicap and he should be involved in the finish here if he can replicate that form at this track. That was his stable debut for Adrian Keatley who had decided to give the six-year-old a wind operation and fit him with a first-time visor. He has shown his best form at Ripon previously but he looks too well handicapped to ignore here and he should run well.

15:45 Hamilton

Leg 4 Selections: Melody King & Soul Seeker

MELODY KING looks to hold strong claims of a repeat victory in this race off only a 3lb higher mark this year. The John Quinn trained gelding won this race by ¾ length last year off a mark of 67 before finishing a close 1/2 length 3rd off a mark of 72 over this course and distance only two starts later. He has been running consistently well without winning since including when a close 3rd behind Soul Seeker at Pontefract last time. The return to this track should suit him and he should hold strong claims of another win in this race.

SOUL SEEKER defeated Melody King last time at Pontefract and despite last year’s winner having a swing in the weights, the pair look sure to fight out the finish in this race. The David O’Meara trained gelding has won twice over this course and distance in the past including when he won in July 2021 off a mark of 80. The handicapper has raised him 4lbs for his victory earlier this month up to a mark of 77 but he is clearly still well handicapped and should run well once again.

16:15 Hamitlon

Leg 5 Selections: Lumberjack

The 70 rated Yorkindness will be popular with many to get off the mark in this race but she has been beaten at a short price three times already in her career and she could prove vulnerable to the less exposed LUMBERJACK. The Tom Clover trained gelding finished 3rd on his debut at Ripon last time when he had Yorkindness 4 ½ lengths ahead of him at the finish. Lumberjack was slowly away that day and showed signs of inexperience so there is reason to believe he will improve for that run and should be able to close the gap on the favourite.

16:45 Hamilton

Leg 6 Selection: Glam De Vega

Both Wilkins and GLAM DE VEGA are really interesting in this race on their handicap debuts but preference goes to the latter whose form appears slightly stronger. Glam De Vega finished 5th on his debut behind the 105 rated Samburu before finishing 2nd behind Walk Of Stars at Nottingham who went on to finish 3rd in the Bahrain Trophy and is towards the top of the market for the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York tomorrow. Glam De Vega made no mistake at Ripon last time beating Kaatibb by a length who has subsequently won at Lingfield on his next start. A mark of 83 could underestimate him and I expect him to prove hard to beat.