12:05 Kelso

This looks between the two course and distance winners Dubai Days and CEDAR HILL (best priced at 15/8) with preference for the latter who finished nearly 10 lengths ahead of his rival at Ayr. The Sandy Thomson trained gelding has a good record at Kelso with form figures of 11213102 at the course including a course and distance win in December last year off a mark of 122. 

Cedar Hill runs here off only a 2lb higher mark and I expect him to prove hard to beat following his good reappearance run behind the in-form Mackenberg at Ayr. That was his first run for 178 days and that should put him spot on for this race.

Cedar Hill - 1pt @ 15/8

12:55 Fairyhouse

The Gordon Elliott trained BRAESIDE (best priced at 25/1) has pulled up on his previous two starts but I feel he is now worth taking a chance on off a handicap mark of 144. The eight-year-old was an impressive winner of the Cork Grand National last season off a mark of 133 before finishing a close 4th in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase on his next start off a mark of 143. He struggled for the rest of the season in better company including in a couple of Grade 2 chases but has now dropped back down to a mark of 144.

Jack Kennedy has opted to ride Fakiera over Braeside but Davy Russell has won a maiden hurdle on him and I expect him to outrun his odds with four places available. 

Braeside - 0.5pts e/w @ 25/1

13:05 Kelso

BIG RIVER (best priced at 8/1) has a fantastic record at Kelso and he bids for a record breaking ninth win at the course today. The Lucinda Russell trained twelve-year-old is in the veteran stage of his career but he proved last season that he is still as good as ever when winning twice at the course off marks of 135 and 140 including in this race. 

The handicapper has dropped Big River 2lbs for his reappearance run over a trip too short and I expect him to run well with four places available. 

Big River - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1