Steve Ryder is back with three tips for today's action, including two runners at Newbury and one at Cheltenham.
The eight-year-old SIRUH DU LAC (best priced at 8-1) was previously a high class horse when trained by Nick Williams who won the Stable Plate at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019 and he should find things a lot easier back in a novice hurdle. He has been lightly raced since his Festival success but was actually still leading in the 2020 renewal of the Stable Plate when falling at the 2nd last fence. He unseated Tom Scudamore at the first fence on his stable debut for David Pipe in the Paddy Power Gold Cup and now returns from 342 days off the track back over hurdles as a confidence booster.
Siruh Du Lac receives weight from the likes of Bardenstown Lad, Calagogo and Onagatheringstorm in this race and if he were to run to anywhere near the form of his 2018/19 season then he will win this. His well-being and current form is obviously a question mark so he rates a tentative win only selection but his price looks big enough to take the risk.
The Mick Channon trained KALEIDOSCOPIC (best priced at 13-2) won in October last year on soft ground and has now dropped back down to that mark for the first time since. The daughter of Le Havre made all that day by 4 ¾ lengths which earnt her an 8lb rise up to a mark of 86. She ran with credit to finish 2nd on her first two starts this season but she then struggled off a career high mark of 89.
The handicapper has recently given Kaleidoscopic a chance by dropping her back down to a mark of 78 and she will now be suited by the return to softer ground. Connections now fit the four-year-old with first time cheekpieces which should make the job of Dane O’Neill (1/1 on the horse) easier and I expect her to outrun her odds.
The Ed Walker trained MOLLS MEMORY (best priced at 5-1) has won this race for the last two seasons and should hold strong claims of completing a hat-trick of wins in this race. She has to concede weight to some unexposed three-year-olds here but should be well suited by the conditions of this race. She won this race in 2019 off a mark of 85 before winning it last year off a mark of 84 and despite now racing off a mark of 87 this year, she should prove hard to beat once again.
Molls Memory is 3/3 on heavy ground in her career including when victorious earlier this season at Haydock off a mark of 84 and I find it hard to see her out of the top six with extra places available.