Kelso Betting Tips - Saturday 6th March
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Kelso Betting Tips - Saturday 6th March

It's a big afternoon for Kelso on Saturday as the Scottish borders track hosts its marquee jumps meeting on the calendar, with Grade 2 action over hurdles alongside some very competitive and valuable chases. The Racing Post bring you their betting tips and selection for all of Saturday's action at Kelso (12.25-4.25, eight races).




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12.25 - bet365 Juvenile Hurdle (2m)

The in-form Keith Dalgleish team are doubly represented here with Le Magnifique and Feldspar. The latter has shown something to work with in his two starts over hurdles thus far, including when making the frame in the Listed Scottish Triumph Hurdle at Musselburgh last month and there should be a challenge in him.

His stablemate was a place behind (2¾-lengths) in fourth in that Musselburgh contest and must now concede 6lb on account of his previous success at Sedgefield in November. This is a class-drop for the pair.

Caldwell is a possible improver, while Magna Moralia can be a contender if his jumping has sharpened up during a short break. Jumping debutants Bad Rabbie and BENITO need monitoring in the betting. Tom Lacey's charge is a half-brother to a Listed hurdles scorer in France and is very much one to keep onside should the market speak in his favour.

Selection: Benito

Next Best: Magna Moralia

 

12.55 - bet365 Handicap Chase (2m1f)

Not a cast-list that sets the pulse racing on current form, in truth, and the majority have some sort of questions over them. The likes of Lastin Memories, Graystown, Book Of Invasions have all been prone to throwing in the towel lately. The same is true of Too Wise Man although perhaps he'll fair better dropped right down in trip this time around.

Fair Kate was well beaten on last's month chase debut at Wincanton (heavy) in a better race than this one, though the mare can at least lay claims to the assistance of champion jockey Brian Hughes here in what is a less taxing assignment. She's a potential improver.

Mah Mate Bob won three time over fences last season over 1m7½f-2m3½f on soft/heavy ground is certainly on a fair mark should he rediscover his best on what is his first start since December. He does have plenty weight to concede, however.

Ryan Mania rides this track well and perhaps he can spark some celebrations on FOURTH OF JULY. He was second on chasing bow at Catterick in late December having come from well off the pace and didn't appear to last home when fourth upped in distance at Musselburgh in one run since.

He's had a wind operation since that run and, given the nature of this race, it wouldn't be a shock if he's good enough under bottom weight.

Selection: Fourth Of July

Next Best: Fair Kate

1.30 - bet365 Premier Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m2f)

MY DROGO had the subsequent Betfair Hurdle hero Soaring Glory behind in third when he made it 2-2 over hurdles with a decisive score at Ascot a week before Christmas. Dan Skelton's charge had made a winning start in a Newbury maiden in November, a race in which some of his rivals seemingly didn't perform as expected.

He could do little about that, however, and the manner of his win in that Grade 2 Supreme Trial at Ascot demands plenty respect, despite the penalty he carries for it. The yard continues to be in fine fettle and he can carry on his winning streak - despite the presence of some very solid challengers now.

Front-running Bareback Jack is 3-3 over hurdles for Donald McCain and Brian Hughes and should have a say despite the rise in class, while Castle Rushen and Lucky One know where the winning line is - though Nicky Richards' charge has yet to race on anything other than heavy ground over jumps.

Any News holds Lucky One on December's Cheltenham meeting, Neil Mulholland's charge finishing a close second to useful Make Me A Believer on that occasion. He's got very valid claims now but, at the prices, there could be some value in Alright Sunshine for the in-form Keith Dalgleish yard.

A four-time winner on the Flat, he attained a three-figure rating in that sphere and was second to the Skelton's Rockstar Ronnie on hurdles bow here (2m, soft) last month - ceding experience to the favourite. He can build on that upped in trip/class.

Selection: My Drogo

Next Best: Any News

 

2.05 - bet365 Handicap Hurdle (2m5f)

MAYO STAR twice ran well in novice hurdles over 2m2f/2m5f here back in 2017 for previous connections. He would sit out more than two years after the second of those wins before returning to land a 2m4½f heavy-ground maiden hurdle at Ayr in January last year. He supplemented that with an easy novice success at Newcastle in March before lockdown interrupted him.

Nicky Richards send him chasing on his seasonal comeback at Ayr in November where he shaped with promise over further but he's now back over timber for his first start in a handicap. A mark of 125 might well be something he can exploit.

Torn And Frayed rates a danger to all having made a winning start in handicaps at Hereford last Sunday. He had plenty to spare and should be in the firing line again under a penalty for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Taxmeifyoucan was a good winner at Musselburgh last month but must prove he can replicate that over this much shorter distance, while War Lord is probably better than he showed at Ascot in January and is best judged on his earlier efforts this season. He does though have more to do in order to defy this rating.

Top weight Sebastopol could be a different proposition post-wind surgery and is worth a look in the betting but the key horse is likely Flash Collonges for the Paul Nicholls team. He's 2-4 over hurdles and won nicely at Wincanton (2m5½f, soft) in January despite still looking a work in progress.

He's 6lb higher now but his trainer has an outstanding 34 strike-rate with runners at this track down the years and he has to be shortlisted.

Selection: Mayo Star

Next Best: Flash Collonges

2.40 - bet365 Premier Chase (Listed, 2m7½f)

Ladbrokes Trophy winner Cloth Cap heads the ante-post betting for the Grand National at Aintree and has his first start since that impressive Newbury performance in November. At just under three-miles, the trip around here is less than optimal for him. A good spin around to sharpen him up for his big spring assignment would likely please connections no end, but make no mistake he is real contender.

Just a neck split TWO FOR GOLD and Aso at Warwick as the finished first and second last month over 2m4f. The runner-up enjoys a sizeable turnaround at the weights this afternoon but Venetia Williams' charge has never truly convinced at this sort of trip.

A blip in the aforementioned Ladbrokes Trophy aside, this has been a very promising season for Kim Bailey's eight-year-old Two For Gold and it's probable we still haven't seen the best of him. He's not best-treated on the ratings but might have more to come.

Last year's winner Definitly Red faces a tougher task now and the honourable veteran hasn't shown too much in either run this season, falling when last spotted at Newcastle in November. Lake View Lad's Aintree win in December was perhaps opportunistic and he was beaten a fair old distance at Sandown last month behind the likes of Native River and Santini. This is less taxing for him, at least.

Selection: Two For Gold

Next Best: Cloth Cap

 

3.15 - bet365 Morebattle Hurdle (Handicap Hurdle, 2m)

A really competitive contest in which it wouldn't be hard to make a case for half the field. Greatwood Hurdle winner The Shunter commands the utmost respect as Irish trainer Emmet Mullins bids for successive Saturday afternoon UK raids.

He's 7lb higher than for that Cheltenham success in November and has made the frame in an ultra-competitive Dublin Racing Festival handicap over fences in his only outing since.

The improving Faivoir got up late to score in a Grade 2 at Haydock in January on testing ground, though perhaps runner-up Minella Drama was guilty of throwing that race away. Still, both the second and fourth won their next starts and despite flying up in the ratings, Dan Skelton's charge is far from certain to be done improving.

Christopher Wood won the Scottish County Hurdle last month decisively and is considered a played having gone up 7lb, while Hunters Call and Blakeney Point are others with chances if putting their best feet forward.

The handicapper has dropped SOLO another 3lb following his defeat in the Lanzarote at Kempton last month. He has essentially been a letdown this season but he has been facing tough challenges as a second-season hurdler looking to make his mark against seasoned rivals.

Harry Cobden retains the faith and it won't come as a shock should Paul Nicholls find a suitable opportunity for him to get his head in front this spring. This might be it.

Selection: Solo

Next Best: Hunters Call

3.50 - bet365 Cyril Alexander Memorial Novices' Limited Handicap Chase (2m1f)

This likely gives recent C&D winner ECLAIR D'AINAY another good opportunity to hit the target, despite the extra weight burden on the Harry Skelton-ridden runner now. They are 2-3 over fences thus far, on the board at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in November and quickly putting a Wetherby fall in January behind them with that success here on soft ground 15 days ago.

They were getting plenty weight from their chief rival last time, but should have enough to see off Eritage today.

Paul Nicholls' charge was a Ludlow winner on chase bow in October and shaped nicely at Newbury the following month. He threw in the towel rather easily on soft ground at the former venue in December however and will need a more determined attitude to prevail in this.

Cedar Hill was second in a weak contest here in December and was a dual C&D winner previously, Sandy Thomson's seven-year-old clearly likes the venue and is getting lots of weight following a wind operation, so he's not one to cross off in any haste. Vado Forte is more exposed than his trio of rivals and must leave behind a couple of tame efforts to get competitive.

Selection: Eclair D'ainay

Next Best: Cedar Hill

 

4.25 - bet365 Standard Open NH Flat Race (2m)

SALVINO won a point-to-point bumper in October on soft ground before joining Sandy Thomson and should have fine prospects on this rules bow for a trainer that does so well at this track. A tongue-tie is fitted for this debut under rules and the five-year-old should be on the premises.

Hear Me Out has run well at Aintree and Newcastle after scoring in a Junior Bumper at Market Rasen in October and is considered in the finale, while newcomers Sayadam and Donaire make rock-solid appeal on paper and come from excellent stables in regards to their prospects of making a splash first time out.

Selection: Salvino

Next Best: Donaire

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