12.55 Lingfield - Coolvalla
COOLVALLA must defy a 19lbs hike in the weights for his fluent Fontwell win on chase debut but he has the scope and breeding to be a much better chaser than hurdler and he gets the vote for Chris Gordon.
The selection looked a thorough stayer when scoring here over hurdles from what is now a 17lbs lower mark back in February.
The Fontwell runner up Echo Watt re-opposes on 9lbs better terms for a 7l defeat but I felt the 6-y-old won with plenty of authority and he looks the type for something like the Eider/Devon National next season granted his preferred underfoot conditions of soft ground.
1.55 Kelso - Hoganville (Nap)
The form of HOGANVILLE’s Ayr success last month was given a boost when runner up The Questioner did us a favour at Ascot on Friday.
He had previously scored on his first start for George Bewley at Hexham having previously been in the care of Paul Nolan in Ireland. He and The Questioner had the third 9L back at Ayr and a 4lbs rise looks lenient.
The selection can be a bit keen and wouldn’t want too much rain as his recent wins have come on good to soft ground. He goes well for today’s conditional, however, and could be still ahead of his mark.
2.58 Kelso - Destiny Is All
Brayhill is going to be a better chaser than hurdler and made a successful transition to the larger obstacles when scoring over C&D earlier in the month. A 4lbs rise looks fair although the second is exposed and trained by Lucinda Russell.
Russell, therefore, should know where she stands with DESTINY IS ALL who revers to three miles having made a pleasing return when staying on over 2m 4f at Ayr. The selection has been hit with a 4lbs rise himself and he must show his versatility having raced exclusively at Ayr in his last seven starts.
There seems no reason why he shouldn’t be at least as effective at the Borders track and he gets a narrow vote over the market leader.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.