15:25 Kelso

This looks  a competitive 0-150 handicap hurdle but preference goes to WELL EDUCATED (best priced at 7/2) who won a Hexham on Tuesday and should hold strong claims under a 7lb penalty.

The George Bewley trained eight-year-old won over this course and distance in October 2022 off a mark of 112 before following up at Carlisle later that season off a mark of 114. He hadn’t won again until Tuesday when he won over 2m4f by ½ length off a mark of 106. 

Well Educated will no doubt prove “wrong” at the weights under a penalty when his mark gets revised on Tuesday but this drop back in trip should suit him and his confidence should be boosted by his recent victory. 

Well Educated - 1pt

16:10 Uttoxeter

Higgs is respected in his hat-trick bid but preference instead goes to NEXT LEFT (best priced at 7/4) who showed huge improvement to win on his chasing debut earlier this month. The lightly raced Dan Skelton trained eight-year-old ran with credit over hurdles when trained by Gary Moore before disappointing on his two starts for Dan Skelton. 

This meant that Next Left had dropped down to a mark of 105 when he won by 2 ¼ lengths in a novices’ handicap chase. The handicapper has raised him 5lbs for that effort which is fair and he should prove hard to beat if coping with this step back up in trip to 3 miles.

Next Left - 1pt

16:15 Curragh

Ryan Moore has chosen to ride Mundi over his 107 rated stablemate Chief Little Rock which is interesting but preference instead goes to SPOKEN TRUTH (best priced at 10/3) who created a good impression when getting off the mark at Cork a month ago.

The Dermot Weld trained three-year-old ran well to finish 4th on his debut over 7f last season on heavy ground when beaten only 1 ½ lengths before winning by 2 ¼ lengths on his reappearance in a maiden at Cork over 1m2f.

The form of that run doesn’t look the strongest but it was the style of the victory which means that Spoken Truth should cope with this step up in class. The well bred son of Frankel won’t be inconvenienced by this better ground and I expect him to prove the one to beat.  

Spoken Truth - 1pt