Tim Easterby’s rare forays to Kelso at this time of year are always worth monitoring and he takes three to the Scottish track on Sunday.
I’ll be tuning in to see how his Teofilo newcomer Hildenley gets on in the bumper but for a bet his SHERIFF GARRETT is interesting in the Watch On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle.
He was caught out by the lack of a gallop in a small field last time out but in this bigger field over a couple of furlongs further he’s a player and should be a good bit of value.
A few of these ran well at the last meeting, but I’m not a fan of backing low-grade stayers backing up within a week, and that puts me off Queen Among Kings, Ding Ding and Corrie Lake, and the first two have raced 10 times between them off similar breaks without success.
My idea of the winner is the lightly raced SPOTTY DOG, who is untried at the trip, but is out of a point winner and stayed on best of all when runner-up over shorter at Chepstow last time.
That was his second start in handicaps having caught the eye in qualifying, and he appears to be going the right way, which is a novelty at this level. The trip should be within his range on this sharp track, and he looks a fair bet on balance.
Newcastle could be handed a huge fitness boost ahead of this match should top-scorer Callum Wilson return to the starting XI, while Allan Saint-Maximin is also in contention to start.
The Frenchman came off the bench against Spurs and impressed with his entertaining brand of football. He would be a massive plus for Steve Bruce’s side were he to make the line-up.
There is an inevitability about Burnley’s survival, and that is something that seems to be creeping in at Turf Moor – demonstrated by the recent defeat to Southampton – but it is still very much all to play for as far as Newcastle are concerned, and a victory here would be a huge boost to their hopes of survival.
The Magpies beat Burnley 3-1 at the beginning of the season, and a price of 5/2 for another NEWCASTLE WIN makes plenty of appeal.
David Moyes will surely be unhappy with West Ham's recent defensive displays, slacking off after taking commanding 3-0 leads in their last two matches. Although his side escaped with four points from those fixtures, it is a warning sign that must be read.
As a result, Moyes may well pay attention to the devil on his shoulder and revert to past pragmatic ways, especially without the likes of Declan Rice and Michail Antonio to call upon for this meeting with Leicester.
That makes the 10/11 available on UNDER 2.5 GOALS an intriguing proposition given the stakes involved for both sides. Vital matches such as this are often short on attacking vigour.
HARRY MAGUIRE TO HAVE 1+ HEADED SHOT ON TARGET holds plenty of appeal. The England international has played every minute of Man Utd’s league campaign and managed to land an attempt at goal in 21/30 (70%) fixtures, averaging 1.10 efforts per-game.
A major threat from set-pieces, 26 (81%) of the visiting centre-half’s 32 Premier League shots have arrived via the head, making the 9/2 a price of interest this weekend.
Sheffield United have been producing far more assured performances in recent weeks, and with Arsenal minds possibly already thinking about that upcoming trip to Prague, there could be something in this for Paul Heckingbottom’s side.
Sheffield United have gotten close to both Chelsea and Leeds in recent weeks, so the selection is for SHEFFIELD UNITED TO WIN (DRAW NO BET) at a price of 4/1 – that way our stake is returned should the match end in a draw.
Another selection headache for KKR is how to make room for speedster LOCKIE FERGUSON, who is a genuine wicket-taker in all conditions and bowls really well at the death. Keep him on side if he makes the starting XI.
The eyes of the sporting world will likely be on Augusta rather than Central Park on Sunday evening, but if that particular contest looks done and dusted before they reach Amen Corner, then there is always some competitive action on RPGTV to fall back on.
BALLYREGAN RAVEN (T6) won a competitive race here last time out and is fancied to double up at 8.54.
The two-year-old has his favoured wide draw once more and, having beaten a good yardstick last time, is fancied to continue on the upwards curve in a contest that might not take the world of winning.
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