Alan Thomson is going into battle with a Braveheart selection at Kelso.
PERFECT MAN (1.45) is Aidan Coleman’s only mount at Kelso and the long trip north for horse and jockey should be rewarded in the 3m 1f handicap hurdle.
Olly Murphy’s gelding is quite a significant class-dropper after running a fine fifth to Eva’s Oskar in a Class 2 contest at Chepstow. Uptown Harry spread-eagled his field when scoring here at the end of December and should ensure a sound gallop, while Total Assets and Kalaharry are tightly matched on a previous encounter in November when they finished third and fourth respectively behind Court Baloo over course and distance.
SIRWILLIAMWALLACE (1.15) met a promising sort in Nicky Richards’ Marown when runner-up at Ayr’s New Year fixture and had ten lengths to spare over third horse Portstorm. The form was made to look very solid when Portstorm gave Gordon Elliott’s hot-pot Escaria Ten a good scrap at Ayr last week. Maid In Manhattan won six times on the Flat for Rebecca Menzies last year and the stable continues in cracking form. Her mare chased home Harry Whittington’s Young Bull at Wetherby before falling in a Listed event at Haydock last time.
RUBY GATES (5.30) catches the eye in the seller at Wolverhampton. This is a big drop in grade from her last run here when finishing sixth behind Bubble And Squeak in a Class 2 fillies' handicap. Ruby Gates was trapped wide for most of the trip until fading and she is 4lb lower. Check out firms going four places. Seaforth came wide and late to score over course and distance last week and remains competitive under a 4lb penalty, while Memory Hill is unexposed at this lowly level. Zeshov should also go well, with the assessor continuing to relent.
GLORIOUS CAESAR (7.30) fared well on handicap debut at Lingfield 17 days ago, finding only Island Hideaway too good. The William Haggas-trained favourite Far Rockaway was third, so the form looks okay.
GLUTINFORPUNISHMENT (4.30) is trading at tempting each-way odds in the opening 1m 4f amateur riders' handicap. Nick Littmoden saddled a winner at Lingfield on Saturday and Glutinforpunishment returned from a long absence to post an encouraging fourth last month. The four-year-old beat fair yardstick Smarter at Newmarket in the summer and also won at Lingfield and Southwell. His rider Martin Dunne isn't a name I'm familiar with, so in that respect the bet comes with an added risk, but several firms are offering four places.
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