OSCAR CEREMONY (12.45) is the best bet on an enticing Saturday card at Kelso. Stef Keniry has enjoyed a splendid year on both codes and Oscar Ceremony can defy a 5lb rise for beating Prince Dundee in forthright style here a fortnight ago.
GET HELP (12.10) can get proceedings off to a profitable start in the 2m 6f Novices’ Hurdle. His close second to Murphy’s Law two weeks ago was a solid effort and he seems to like Kelso judged on his run behind useful Elvis Mail in April. Sidi Ismael would have a big chance on his second to Mr Muldoon last month but was tailed off at Stratford next time. Maybe something was amiss. Olly Murphy does well with his Borders raiders and Vamanos cannot be discounted.
I’m in danger of following HIGHWAY COMPANION (3.05) over a cliff after a couple of expensive failures here this autumn but he must be of interest dropped into a handicap off a 109 rating. He retains the hood he wore last time when held up well off the pace before running on into fourth spot over an inadequate test. Connections may have been keen to protect his potential handicap mark and this longer trip can do the trick.
Two former winners of the Badger Beers Silver Trophy, Present Man and The Young Master, lock horns in the 3m 1f chase at Wincanton but they may have to give best to WHITE MOON (3.35). The grey was narrowly in front when appearing to lose his footing after jumping the last here 13 days ago and clearly arrives fighting fit. The Young Master had Give Me A Copper 19 lengths adrift when runner-up in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown and may confirm places.
At Aintree, THE LAST DAY (1.30) can gain compensation after bypassing an engagement last Saturday. Evan Williams gave him plenty of time to recover from a heavy last-fence fall on chasing debut at Newbury last season and The Last Day enjoyed a confidence booster when hunting up White Moon in a Beginners’ Chase at Exeter. Baby King and Charmant will have their supporters.