We only have small field going to post for this handicap but nonetheless it looks very competitive and we will side with CHOOKIE HAMILTON to get the better of River Ardeche and Trip The Light. The selection is on the hat-trick mission here but he won well at Carlisle last time and he could still be one step ahead of the handicapper. River Ardeche returns to the level after a spin over hurdles but his best form has been with cut in the ground and on that basis he may be best watched today. Trip The Light won well at Catterick back in April but he is arguably better over further than this and although he should run his race, others are preferred. Grand Art disappointed last time but he had previously won well at York and if he can reproduce that form here today he would have a big chance. Valdan has won over the course and distance and is another to consider, but in a trappy event the vote goes to Chookie Hamilton.
River Ardeche 7-1 (8-5) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed pressing leader, no extra close home and lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Right Stuff (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Timocracy 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 3f out, headed well over 1f out, ridden and kept on until no extra well inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Grand Art (10-13) at York 1m 4f Amateur Handicap (0-80) (4yo+) (4) gf in May.
Hurlingham 11-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, ridden along over 4f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 10l behind Aleatricis (8-10) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Grand Art (IRE) 11-1 (9-9) Reared start, slowly away, towards rear, some late headway 2f out, 11th of 19, 9l behind Mull of Dubai (10-5) at York 1m 4f Ladies Handicap (0-95) (3yo+) (3) gd.
Valdan (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Held up, effort when not much room over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, 4th of 12, 9l behind Record Breaker (9-10) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (2) gf.
Trip The Light 10-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, no impression, 5th of 12, 6l behind Nosferatu (9-1) at York 1m 4f clm stks (4) gf in May.
Chookie Hamilton 4-1 (8-0) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May beating Dechiper (8-5) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.