Steve Ryder is back with three selections for today's action.
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It is often hard to know what to expect with runners trained by John Butler but Light Lily (best priced at 13/2) has been running consistently well this season and should hold strong claims off top weight in this 0-65 handicap. The five-year-old mare won at Lingfield off a mark of 64 in November before finishing a close 4th over a mile here in December.
Light Lily was only beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Lucayan that day and that rival has won again since off a 3lb higher mark with the runner-up filling the same spot behind the winner next time. She runs here off the same mark and should be suited by the drop back to 7f.
The Lucinda Russell trained Big River (best priced at 5/2) has a fantastic record at Kelso with form figures of 112111B121 in his career and he should prove hard to beat once again at this track. The twelve-year-old finished 2nd on his reappearance here over 3m2f before winning the Borders National over 4 miles last time in impressive style.
This drop back in trip to 3 miles is an obvious negative for Big River on good to soft ground but I expect him to stay on strongly at the finish against rivals who face a few question marks.
Asadjumeirah (best priced at 9/2) ran well on his stable debut for Anthony Brittain last time at Newcastle and he should run well off only a 1lb higher mark. The son of Adaay was a two-time winner for Owen Burrows including a handicap victory off a mark of 77 in June.
The four-year-old colt was only beaten a nose last time at Newcastle on the tapeta in a 0-85 handicap and he should appreciate this slight drop in grade to a 0-80 handicap. The handicapper has raised him 1lb up to a mark of 80 but he should run well with four places on offer.