14:40 Kelso

The form of Stainsby Girl’s second at Haydock last-time-out received a boost when the winner followed-up impressively next time but conditions are likely to be a lot quicker here which might not suit and, although he’s shorter than I originally hoped for, it’s the top-weight ELVIS MAIL (best price 6-4) who gets the verdict to enhance his impressive strike-rate at this venue. 

The eight-year-old has an excellent record here with form figures over hurdles reading 1311 with that one defeat coming in a Grade Two when chasing home horses rated in the 140’s. I have been encouraged with his two efforts this term, firstly when fifth over fences at Carlisle in a class-two before reverting back to this sphere when fourth in a high-quality handicap hurdle at Aintree last time. He travelled through that event powerfully so the drop back in trip here will suit alongside the ease in grade and Bruce Lynn takes off a handy five-pounds, too. His trainer has been in very good form of late which is always a positive sign and knowing that he’ll evidently find this easier having been highly tried this past year, this race should be his for the taking. 

Elvis Mail - 1pt @ 6/4

15:40 Kelso

The Lucinda Russell-trained PRINCE DUNDEE (best price 6-1) looks the most persuasive each-way option in the final race on the card, the Kelso Annual Members Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase. 

The nine-year-old is undeniably the best horse in the race based on official ratings and the overall form available. He’s the only runner in the field to have consistently hit RPR’s in the 110’s and has been knocking on the door of late with four consecutive runner-up efforts, including here when last spotted behind a horse rated 110. He’s a tough stayer, who won’t mind the drying conditions and, with a useful claimer booked to ride, who can take off an effective ten-pounds, he looks set to run another very big race back down in class.

Prince Dundee - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1