There is a morning inspection at Beverley, as the ground is heavy. Make sure to keep an eye out if you're having a bet at the track, and make sure you find horses who will handle the ground.
BIT OF A QUIRKE looks to have a nice chance, on the return to his favourite track.
The 8yo veteran will make his 15th start at the East Yorkshire based track, today. Six of his eight career wins have come at this track, and this battle hardened front runner must be going close in this race, to make it a seventh career win at this venue.
There are question marks hanging over a lot of horses in this field, whereas Bit Of A Quirke seems to handle any type of ground. Though he has never won on soft ground, he has gone close before, finishing 2nd on a couple of occasions. With the ground being described as heavy, I think it will suit him, not only because he handles cut in the ground, but the fact he's a front runner. It is generally a much harder task to make up ground from behind, when it's soft.
He has been in good form recently, finishing 2nd two times, before he won last time out. The performance of last time out was game. He made all, like he always does, and he battled on and they just struggled to get past him. Hopefully he shows the same attitude as he did at Leicester, and breaks the hearts of the horses who come to challenge.
Off a mark of 46, RETIREMENT BECKONS, is back on a winning mark.
Graham Lee is back in the saddle, and Graham seems to get on quite well with him. Though he has not ridden Retirement Beckons to a win, they have had some decent runs when partnered together, especially last summer at this track, but a slightly shorter trip. That day Retirement Beckons ran off a mark of 52 and finished 1.5 lengths behind the winner. He was staying on quite well that day, so the extra furlong he will tackle today could suit, on what will probably be Good-to-soft ground, which has produced his best run (57 RPR, the race I'm referring to).
When he was last on a mark of 46, he won at this track. His recent run was a good enough return to the track to suggest he will come on for that run, especially considering it was his first run for 193 days.
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