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Q1 Jump­ing ac­tion at Kelso, fancy any­thing?

Good things come to those who wait (al­legedly) and Achill

Road Boy (3.40) can land the lucky last.

Stu­art Coltherd’s chaser was a good sec­ond to a bang in-form op­po­nent at Cat­t­er­ick and sits on a good mark if first-time blink­ers work their magic. Tim Vaughan’s Prince Charmin’ (1.35) will be fit after a re­cent spin on the flat and this looks a de­cent op­por­tu­nity to get back on a win­ning thread over hur­dles. Also has the as­sis­tence of cham­pon jockey Richard John­son.

Mount Mews (2.05) is back to five pounds below his last win­ning mark. Pro­vided Doanld McCain has him hard-fit for the hand­i­cap chase, he must go close.

Q2 Do you have a pick on the fi­bre­sand at South­well?

Course form is a must at this dust bowl so I’m sid­ing with Michael Dods’

Min­ing­gold (1.25). The sprinter saves his best ef­forts for to­day’s track and trip and can shrug off a 7lb hike un­der skilled ap­pren­tice Paula Muir.

Thun­der Buddy (2.30) won at the track 10 days ago and a fol­low-up suc­cess would be no sur­prise. Raised 5lbs but ap­pren­tice Rhona Pin­dar helps ease that bur­den.

Azari (1.55). The seven-year-old has won twice over course and dis­tance since switch­ing to this sur­face and the 6lb rise in the weights may not be an an­chor.

Q3 Ir­ish card at Punchestown. What’s the best bet?

Jes­sica Har­ring­ton’s Whis­perinthe

breeze (2.20) has been build­ing to­wards a big run re­cently and is well worth punt­ing in the Am­a­teur Na­tional.

A Plus Tard (1.15) and Swords­man (2.50) can land the two graded races. The novice chase at 1.15 is a tricky one to call but Gor­don El­liott sad­dles five and Gun Dig­ger looks like the one to be on. His vic­tory at Leop­ard­stown over the fes­tive pe­riod was im­pres­sive and there could be more to come.

Felix Desjy (2.50) hasn’t quite lived up to his bumper prom­ise yet over hur­dles but has still shown a good level and can spring a sur­prise in the Moscow Flyer Novices.




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