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13:15 Newbury

A staying handicap for the veterans and the outcome could be decided on which of these old boys decide to turn up.

Indy Five is capable of a decent effort, particularly if he gets an uncontested lead.

Prime Venture won at Sandown two starts ago, and that form looks ok in the context of this race. However that race did fall apart somewhat on deep ground, and there’s a chance he just picked up the pieces.

Christmas In April certainly would have a chance if rediscovering some form of his current mark.

The same applies to Minellacelebration. But with both horses it would be guesswork.

Despite not likely to represent much value, Kauto Riko is the selection. There’s no doubt some of his recent form is much better than the rest of his rivals have mustered recently. He doesn’t have many miles on the clock and this looks like a good opportunity to get his head in front again.

KAUTO RIKO (WIN) written by Matt Polley 13:32 Kelso

Morebattle Hurdle Day at Kelso and the first race on ITV from the course is a Grade 2 Premier Novice Hurdle. Richmond Lake chased home Jonbon last time at Haydock in the Rossington Main and performed with great credit and he finished 5 and a ¼ lengths clear of the reopposing Nells Son and they are on the same terms today. He had previously come up short against North Lodge at Aintree but he now has a 6lb turnaround and the assistance of the champion jockey elect this time.

Donny Boy was further behind in the Rossington Main but he was too keen that day to do himself justice and he is well thought of at the Alexander yard. I would expect him to put in an improved showing provided he settles better.

RICHMOND LAKE (WIN) written by Michael Taylor

13:50 Newbury

Glen Forsa will be high on many peoples list following an overdue victory at Musselburgh last month and he races off the same mark today. That win came in a veterans race though and he looks up against it back in this company. The bottom weight Dublin Four was a winner back in November but looked held when falling at Ludlow just before Christmas. He’s been freshened up since then but I have reservations about whether he’s good enough to win a prize like this.

Farinet would hold claims if reproducing the form he showed to win at Sandown in January but with Venetia stating there is a virus in her yard, a watching brief is advised. The somewhat resurgent Paul Nicholls, has a brace of runners and I’ll side with one of them, Tamaroc Du Mathan. This lightly-raced sort is still unexposed over fences with just six career starts to date and as a novice he chased home Shiskin in the Grade 2 Wayward Lad. Things haven’t gone to plan this season but the handicapper has given him a chance off 142 and with the Ditcheat team in better form, he’s the one to beat. TAMAROC DU MATHAN (WIN)

written by Peter Keogh

14:05 Kelso

Wilde About Oscar was a smart performer last season but didn’t look at his best at the beginning of this season in November. He probably needed the run at Huntington and today is his second race after wind surgery. He wears cheek-pieces for the first time and should be more finely tuned. However, he’s got top weight today, which seems harsh given his recent performances. I’d be surprised if he won today.

Famous Bridge has a very lenient weight today and would have won over course and distance had he not unseated Brian Hughes when on course to victory. He’s unexposed and has quite a lot of upside. He stands a good chance at atoning for his sins but this is a competitive race, so he’s a tentative favourite.

One Night In Milan has been racing on the flat recently but arrives to this race with a generous weight. He’s not been at his best recently but has won over course and distance twice, one of which was a length defeat to Aye Right, who is set to contest the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He last won, over fences, here off a similar mark and Sean Quinlan and Keith Dalgleish are having a fine spell of things. He could prove a bit of value.


written by Kieran McHugh

14:20 Doncaster

Get A Tonic will likely be a pretty hot favourite for this event and is officially best off at the weights in this contest. She ticks most boxes but there would be a slight question about the distance for her and others are more proven to stay the trip.

So Said I is one of her rivals who has won twice at the distance, probably producing a career best performance last time out. She will need to better that form again to take this but it’s very possible she hasn’t finished improving yet.

Holly Hartingo is another exciting mare who is undefeated under rules. It will be interesting to see where her limitations lie but she will again have to prove that she stays the trip.

I’m taking So Said I, each way in this contest, to provide a welcome winner for the long travelling Tizzard team.


written by Tom Bates

14:40 Kelso

This listed chase sees some familiar national hunt horses we have seen over the years come out in this listed chase at Kelso.

Favourite Espoir De Romay has a 125-day absence to overcome in today's race but has won before previously in the past of a break so dangerous to rule out. However, I just feel at around 6/4 is quite short in a race like this. Plus, he was quite a way behind his rivals in his first appearance of the season up Carlisle when he was third

Itchy Feet is a talented horse but leaves all his best work late but the problem is it's too late by then. I'm sure there is a big race pot in him. I'm just not sure it's today nor is he one to trust

Windsor Avenue is in good form after his win last time out at Doncaster at a massive price of 40/1 but has a bit to find on ratings here and has to prove it wasn't just a one-off last time at Doncaster.

Big River has won an incredible 8 times out of 11 races at Kelso. So would clearly have a chance at the course he loves but is another on ratings you would have to question and at the age of 12. Dangerous to rule out considering his love affair with Kelso. Another course lover of Kelso Nuts Well has won 3 times at this course but is completely unproven over this distance.

My Selection though is Sandy Thomson horse Dingo Dollar if the ground continues to dry up this will only help my selection chances. Was third last time out at Newcastle in a race where Aye Right (who is gold cup bound at the festival) won. which wasn't a bad run considering who was ahead of him that day. Ryan Mania, I think is a slightly underrated jockey due to him being up the northern circuit a fair chunk of the season is on board and has been in good form.

Dingo Dollar is 16 pounds better off than when he faced Big River at the start of the season so that will help. With a question mark over the distance over a couple of Dingo Dollar rivals at Kelso today points to a good chance of a really good run happening. at 7/1 (At time of writing) does hold a little each way value here where I can see a big run happening.

DINGO DOLLAR (E/W) written by Luke Tucker 14:55 Doncaster

A few of these are either thoroughly untrustworthy for win purposes or arrive here on marks that have proven beyond them in the past, despite that, dismissing any out of hand could result in looking foolish and so a chance will be taken on The Big Bite. Henry Oliver's charge wouldn't have as many miles on the clock as one may suspect for a nine year old and his liking for this course (One win & two seconds from three visits) looks to be a fairly significant positive. His most recent second behind Funambule Sivola looks rock solid given that horse followed up in a Grade Two the time after and though his mark is high enough, he is at least allowed to race off the same mark as last time.

King D'argent has two ways of running and has plenty enough to find with The Big Bite on their running here last time, despite that he has been very strong in the betting for this and respect would have to be afforded if he turned up in the mood.

Cheddleton can usually be relied upon to produce a solid effort, he is ten pounds above his last winning mark though and it would be disappointing if he proved good enough to land this. Bun Doran owes his connections nothing and has been a grand servant over the years, clearly very well handicapped nowadays, he could well reward his connections for their perseverance although one would be rather surprised if he proved good enough to win.

Malystic hasn't been seen since chasing home Allmankind at Ayr last year, usually a fluent jumper, his front running style should be suited to this track but he must overcome an abscence against race fit rivals. Return Ticket represents a yard that can do little wrong, market strength would be a positive for him but the vote is handed to The Big Bite who might only need to reproduce his effort here from last time to win.


written by Chris Connolly

15:15 Kelso

Nicky Henderson has won three of the last nine renewals of this race and relies on former Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air in his quest for another victory here. Buveur D’Air had a good record on first run of the season in his younger years but has only managed three races since finishing the 2019 season and now back in a handicap has to give upwards of 6lbs to rivals which is no mean feat for an eleven-year-old.

Metier won the Grade 1 Tolworth last season and arrives here on the back of a decent victory at Lingfield when last seen. He’s a real mud-lark and would be my selection if there were to be a deluge of rain pre-race, however with the forecast set to be mainly dry my preference would be for Autumn Evening who stayed on well to win at Fairyhouse in January and then followed up with an excellent third at odds of 28/1 in a big field handicap at the Dublin Racing Festival in February. All career wins have come with Sean O’Keefe in the saddle and he’s versatile in terms of ground conditions so I’m hopeful of a big run, with prior Listed winner Balko Saint also considered for each way purposes at a bigger than expected 16/1 in the early markets.


written by Dean Kilbryde

15:30 Doncaster

Despite the relatively small field, this looks almost impossible to decipher as most of the runners like to lead and arrive here on the back of doing so on their most recent runs. Le Milos steps up in trip and arrives in search of a hat-trick, after wins at Exeter and most recently Sandown. Only seven and suited by genuine winter ground, Tim Vaughan's gelding has to prove he is up to this sort of class but he likely has improvement left in him.

Storm Control appeared to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory when nailed late on here the last day. Daire McConville once again takes off a handy ten pounds and a terrific amount of respect is afforded, however, marks this high have proven beyond him in the past and he won't get an easy lead today.

Cloth Cap is another who likes to make the running and we know he is high class in this sphere, the handicapper has allowed him to drop a pound below his last winning mark though he had a very hard race in the Ladbrokes Trophy and refused at the last at Ascot last time when having what looked to be another hard race. With a future entry in the Grand National, there is every chance this will be used as a confidence booster and today's soft ground looks another negative.

Mister Malarky has completely lost his form and makes his debut for Richard Bandey after being moved from the yard of Colin Tizzard. Generally inconsistent at the best of times, it would be dangerous to dismiss him here off such a tempting mark although suggesting he will bounce back is an almost impossible task.

Powerstown Park and Soyouthinksoagain arrive on the back of recent victories and the pair could have this run to suit, all that being said, the progressive Le Milos is hard to get away from and is handed the vote.

LE MILOS (WIN) written by Chris Connolly

15:43 Kelso

The novice limited chase is the last from Kelso on ITV and the one I like is Glentruan. The Duffield yard have been boosted with the introduction of Patrick Neville coming over from Ireland to join the yard. They had Maccloud who was running a massive race when sadly breaking down on Wednesday in these colours at Musselburgh. He has been in good form over hurdles and looks a type to improve for a fence, he has also been given a wind-op since his last run.

Others to consider are Hardy Du Seuil and Dubai Days, the former from the Snowden yard is 2/5 over fences but twice he failed to complete and perhaps not one for maximum faith. The latter was unlucky the last day when hampered and unseated at the track, he won at Ayr and will be there abouts come the finish.


written by Michael Taylor


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