Mick Fitzgerald: This 11/1 shot looks well handicapped to score at Newbury on Saturday

Hughie Morrison's Sister Sybil looks the value play in the Grade 2 mares hurdle

There’s some good prize money for grabs on Saturday with some competitive races on ground that will be drying out all the time.

Newbury kicks off the TV action with the handicap chase at 1.50pm an I am willing to take a punt on a horses for courses play here with Shotovodka.

He ran such a good race at the track last time when third to Just A Par and just gets my vote over Vieux Lille who races with sheepskins on for the first time.

Ericht has found winning difficult lately but with his trainer Nicky Henderson in pole position now to try and wrestle the UK trainers’ championship off Paul Nichols.

I am going for him to at least make the places the 2m 4f handicap chase at 2.25pm. Ironically, Nicholls’ Ulck Du Lin could be the danger on better ground.


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The Grade 2 Mares’ Hurdle race has a really competitive field at 3pm. Copper Kay was a really good bumper horse and is now starting to get the hang of jumping for the Philip Hobbs’ yard while Charlie Longsdon’s Snow Leopardess could take another step forward as her hurdling improves.

However, I’m siding with Sister Sybil each-way for Hughie Morrison. I saw her win at Leicester and think she could still be well handicapped.

Tom Symonds’ Don Bersy has run up a three-timer. His form is strong and his trainer really loves him. He can take the big juvenile handicap at 3.35pm.

The other TV races at Kelso have heavy ground to contend with but again there are valuable prizes up for grabs.

Teo Vivo will be fancied to get up the hat-trick in the opener and it is hard to look past him in the handicap hurdle at 2.05pm.

Bryden Boy is deservedly near the head of the market for the handicap hurdle at 2.40pm and a 4lb rise for his win at Doncaster does not look harsh.

Course winner

However, I fancy Sandy Thompson Seeyouatmidnight. He’s a course winner and despite having to concede weight, he can bounce back to form over hurdles.

While Yala Enki should carry a health warning for punters in the 3.15pm. He has a habit of running away with his jockey on the way to the start. Liam Treadwell will have had his protein shake and can contain his energy for the business end of the contest and he could have too much of a lead for Nicky Richards’ Baywing to claw back.

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What do you think?