14:30 Kelso

BOTH BARRELS (best price 11-4) is still awaiting his first win but he has shown enough in all his six outings to offer plenty of hope that he can get off the mark sooner rather than later and with today’s stiffer test likely to play into his strengths, Donald Whillans’ gelding is fancied to make the breakthrough.

Promising in his first two starts over hurdles, the six-year-old chestnut tackled his handicap at Ayr last time out and although he proved no match for the easy winner, Eire Street, he kept on in stoic fashion to finish an honourable second, in turn, slightly usurping his previous best time figure. 

A one paced galloper rather than a horse who possesses any great turn of foot, today’s step up to the extended 2m6f trip here should suit and having already proven himself around the track in a bumper last year, he looks to have obvious claims of justifying his position in the market. 

Both Barrels - 1pt @ 11/4

15:50 Windsor

BRAZEN IDOL (best price 14-1) hasn’t quite had the rub of the green on his last two outings but you don’t have to look too far back for his most recent victory and with any amount of luck in running here today, John Butler’s inmate can make a mockery of his morning odds. 

Never in the hunt on his first run for some time when rearing as the gates crashed back at Doncaster a month ago, the five-year-old was on a recovery mission at Kempton last time out and if wasn’t for being checked in his run at a crucial stage, he might have gone close to making amends. 

Given the way he finished his race off once out in the clear, he left the distinct impression he would be worth more than a second look next time and with a decent record when he has encountered ease underfoot, the son of Brazen Beau deserves to be played accordingly.

Brazen Idol - 0.5pts e/w @ 14/1

18:30 Kempton

WADACRE GRACE (NAP) (best price 3-1) has been a busy girl this winter but on the evidence of her latest display, she shows no sign of dropping her guard and another solid run looks on the cards for this previous C&D winner. 

Toughing it out in typically game fashion here back in October, she has since gone on to rack up a series of fine performances on all the all-weather tracks bar Newcastle although she found just one too good at Southwell last time out, the data suggested she had run identical with her previous career high. 

Indeed, when you look at all her numbers over a concerted period, her levels of performance hardly ever dips so even though she faces quite a few interesting and unexposed fillies’ here this evening, she very much rates the standard bearer. 

Wadacre Grace - 1pt @ 3/1