Our tipster Karl Hedley provides the odds for the week's races
6-15 32RED.COM HANDICAP – 1 M 2 F
Mubtadi has developed into somewhat of an all-weather specialist recording six of his eight career wins on a synthetic surface. Joe Fanning was on board for the most recent win and it is notable that he has been tasked with the ride once again. This ten furlong trip is as far as the horse wants to go and given that he is the only recent horse with recent winning form in the field, he has to be of obvious interest.
Scottish Star has not run in almost ten months, but has proven that he can go well fresh. Luke Morris has been engaged to ride by James Eustace and if fully fit to do himself justice, he looks the biggest threat to the selection. Mr Red Clubs has never shown that he would enjoy this sort of trip whilst Puzzle Time would probably prefer a bit further. Mubtadi is racing off a career high mark but he is clearly in good heart. Ishmail Mohammed does well with what little he has and Mubtadi should still have more to offer.
8-45 GILBERT & JOHN GREENALL’S HANDICAP – 6 FURLONGS
Sakhee’s Rose remains well handicapped despite returning to form at Wolverhampton a couple of weeks ago. That came following a small break and she has clearly improved for it. She had a neck to spare over the likes of all-weather stalwarts Indian Affair and Telegraph and now that she is fully race fit she can go well once again. Graham Gibbons has once again been engaged to ride the mare and with previous course and distance winning form in the book she has to command utmost respect.
Moiety has only had a handful of starts and she went close over this course and distance last month. She won on her first visit to Kempton last October so she clearly handles the surface well. Martin Harley is the only jockey to have even won on this filly so it is of no surprise to see him replace Ryan Tate in the saddle and they look the obvious dangers.
New Leyf is a multiple course and distance winner and Jonathan Gask calls upon David Parkes to offset the extra weight incurred by his nine year old. He too is well handicapped on his old form but may prove vulnerable to a younger and speedier type. He too can make the frame. Sakhee’s Rose is still only a five year old and there should be a bit more improvement to come. She should strip fitter for that recent outing and a big run looks likely.
3-00 TIMEFORM MOREBATTLE HURDLE – 2 M 2 F
Dell’ Arca showed the best form that he has done in quite some time when a gallant runner up to Lightentertainment at Cheltenham a few weeks ago. This race does not look to be anywhere near as competitive and David Pipe may have found an ideal opportunity to get his career back on track. Tom Scudamore has partnered him in every career start thus far so it is not the biggest surprise to see him in the plate once again.
Hawk High has improved with each start this season and was only beaten around four lengths by Ruacana at Musselburgh last month. Brian Hughes has been on board for his two most recent wins and if handling this slight step up in trip, they could well prove the biggest danger to the selection.
Glingerburn is unbeaten in two starts so far this season. His two victories came on a relatively flat track at Doncaster whereas there is a bigger emphasis on stamina here at Kelso. The way he has seen out his races so far this term indicate that he should stay this far and he too has place claims. Dell’ Arca has not graced the winner’s enclosure since winning on his British debut a couple of seasons ago despite running very well in some big handicaps. He deserves another victory and he could well be running into form just at the right time.
2-40 DAILY PRICE BOOSTS AT UNIBET MAIDEN STAKES – 6 FURLONGS
Dutchess Of Art improved dramatically on her racecourse debut when a fine runner up over this course and distance a couple of weeks ago. She bumped into a well-regarded sort in Ershaad and now that she has a clearer idea of things she can be expected to go close this afternoon. Jim Crowley held her up last time and he retains the ride today. Olly Stevens has sent out a few winners in recent weeks suggesting that his yard is back in form and it will be a bitter disappointment if she cannot break her maiden today.
Newholm will need to come on from what he showed at Southwell on his debut. He was firmly put in his place by Gerards Slip but he could improve for the switch to a polytrack surface and he could provide the biggest threat. Blhadawa was too keen on what was his first start in over six months last time. If settling better this time around this step up in trip could bring out the best in him and he has a solid place claim. Dutchess Of Art can make the most of her previous course and distance experience in order to see off her opposition here and she has to be high on any shortlist.
|WEDNESDAY 6-15 KEMPTON||MUBTADI|
|WEDNESDAY 8-45 KEMPTON||SAKHEE’S ROSE|
|THURSDAY 3-00 KELSO||DELL’ ARCA|
|FRIDAY 2-40 LINGFIELD||DUTCHESS OF ART|