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Alan Kelly’s Horse Racing Tips for Monday, April 15th

The 2024 Turf Flat season begins in earnest this week courtesy of Newmarket’s Craven meeting on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Classic trials continue into Saturday at Newbury with the Greenham and Fred Darling, while a fabulous day of jumps action is in store at Ayr, the highlight of which is the Coral Scottish Grand National.

Nap of the Day - Your Own Story (3:30pm Kelso) - 11/4 with William Hill*

Following the fatal fall of talented novice Giovinco at Aintree and the first fence exit of Corach Rambler in the Grand National, the Lucinda Russell stable can enjoy a welcome change in fortunes courtesy of Derek Fox’s mount, who is capable of landing a decent staying handicap before the end of the season.

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Your Own Story (Nap)

3:30pm Kelso

3:30pm Kelso 2m, 7 1/2f - Your Own Story (Nap)

Only six runners for this extended 2m 7f handicap chase, but a fascinating contest all the same. Ewan Whillans’ bottom weight Prince Des Fichaux was last seen going down narrowly in Newcastle’s marathon Eider Chase, a neck behind Brian Ellison’s progressive Anglers Crag. Now running off a career-high mark of 119, I think the mount of Danny McMenamin may have to settle for a minor placing once again however.

While cases can be made for Great Yorkshire Chase third Charlie Uberalles, Val Dancer and top weight No Risk Des Flos, I expect the Lucinda Russell stable can have a welcome change of luck courtesy of Your Own Story, who is sure to come on for his first run of the season when runner-up over today’s trip at Newcastle last month.

The eight-year-old still holds an entry in Saturday’s Scottish Grand National, a race in which Derek Fox’s mount finished sixth last year as the 4/1 joint-favourite. While this trip may be the bare minimum for Your Own Story, ground conditions should bring the gelding’s stamina into play for a horse who is capable of landing a decent staying handicap chase before the end of the season.

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Your Own Story (Nap)

3:30pm Kelso

3:42pm Redcar, 1m - Clear Angel (Each-Way) (Next Best)

Top weight Noble Order returns to turf for the first time since finishing second on his two-year-old debut at Newmarket in October 2021, beaten four lengths by Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Claymore (was rated as high as 111 as a three-year-old), while a neck further back in third was the William Haggas-trained My Prospero, who was running off a mark of 121 around this time last year.

Now in the care of trainer Archie Watson after leaving the Charlie Appleby stable back in February, the lightly-raced son of Dubawi made a successful debut for new connections when winning a handicap on Newcastle’s Tapeta surface just a few days later, the gelding’s first start for 456 days and fourth on an artificial surface. Despite racing off a 6lb higher mark, Luke Morris’s mount could still be well-treated with a rating of 90. But the each-way vote goes to bottom weight CLEAR ANGEL (Each-Way) from the Susan Corbett stable.

Cam Hardie’s mount goes well on soft ground and was last seen finishing fourth over today’s trip at Doncaster’s Lincoln meeting, less than three lengths behind two of today’s rivals in Look Back Smiling and Thunder Roar. The six-year-old failed to get anything like a clear run on Town Moor. On today’s terms and granted a clearer passage, the Dark Angel gelding is fancied to overturn the form with those two horses. Lincoln sixth, Spirit Genie is the other one to consider.

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Clear Angel (Each-Way)

3:42pm Redcar

4:00pm Kelso, 2m 5f - Faithfulflyer (Each-Way) (Longshot)

This £30k Go North Cab On Target Final is a welcome addition to the card following Kelso’s recent abandonment. Sixteen horses go to post for this 2m 5f handicap hurdle, a seriously competitive affair for which the each-way vote goes to the Sandy Thompson-trained FAITHFULFLYER (Each-Way).

Ryan Mania’s mount was in fine form last season, including victories at Musselburgh and here at Kelso, along with several decent placed efforts. The seven-year-old has taken his time to find that level of form in four outings this season following wind surgery 12 months ago. The Sageburg gelding ran his best race for some time on his most recent start when fifth in a qualifier at Musselburgh in February and is fancied to outrun his odds, expected to be in the region of 20/1.

Kilta and Eire Street head a list of many potential dangers in this Go North Series Final.

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Faithfulflyer (Each-Way) (5 places)

4:00pm Kelso

* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.

About Alan Kelly

A passionate follower of horse racing for over 50 years, Alan has enjoyed a 40-year career in the betting industry, 28 of which he spent running his own betting shop as an owner/manager.

A successful punter with a keen eye for value, Alan has had many betting highlights down the years, including a Scoop 6 win and has shown a consistent profit in the battle with bookmakers since joining in 2008.

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