Timeform's Matt Gardner tackles the Placepot at Hamilton on Monday...
"Beckermet is definitely in the twilight of his career but has shown plenty of spark this season, particularly when second in a handicap over C&D earlier this month..."
14:10 - Hamilton's opener is a pretty weak race in which it is easy to see Manatee Bay, the only three-year-old in the line-up, going close. This is a race in which we want to be saving lines however so preference for the banker is Hills Of Dakota, who looks a bit more solid than Manatee Bay and should go very close to taking the win if the blinkers have the same effect here as they did last time.
14:40 - Mark Johnston's Dry Your Eyes has dropped a long way in the weights following two below-par efforts, so it's not out of the question that he could bounce back, but he does appear to be going the wrong way and we shall instead side with Soul Instinct and Henke. The first mentioned has had excuses on his last two starts, finding five furlongs too sharp at Carlisle before appearing to be unsuited by firmer ground at Ripon, whilst Henke wasn't unduly punished after a sluggish start last time and has been given a chance by the handicapper.
15:10 - Two places are on offer in this claimer and it would be a shock were Beckermet not to fill one of them. The tough 11-year-old is definitely in the twilight of his career but has shown plenty of spark this season, particularly when second in a handicap over C&D earlier this month, and he seems certain to go well.
15:40 - Steer By The Stars will be suited by the return to a mile and it's interesting that connections have reached for blinkers but the case isn't quite convincing enough to warrant his inclusion in the 'pot and preference is for Pivtoman, who finally came good for this yard at Pontefract last month. He put up an even better performance when second at Beverley last time, racing closer to the strong pace than ideal in hindsight and shaping like the best horse in the race, and he ought to go close if arriving here in the same form.
16:10 - High Resolution, a dual C&D winner, has been given a chance by the handicapper and hinted at a revival when third in a fairly competitive handicap last Sunday. He won't be far away if building upon that so makes the cut alongside Watt Broderick, who had a pipe opener over hurdles last month and ought to be sharper with that under his belt.
16:40 - Dawn Calling is very interesting on just his fourth start but he may need further to be seen at his best so we're going to start by taking Bonnie Charlie, who isn't the most reliable but has shaped well on his last couple of runs and has slipped in the weights. Joining him in the 'pot is Amenable, who only narrowly lost out in a bunched finish at Pontefract last Thursday and races from a 1 lb lower mark here, with Charles Bishop's 3 lb claim likely to be of assistance also.
14:10 - 3
14:40 - 2, 5
15:10 - 7
15:40 - 2
16:10 - 2, 3
16:40 - 8, 12
= 8 lines
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