Steve Hughes has two tips for Kelso on Monday
Kelso is the only British meeting certain to be on so both my selections come from the track in the Scottish borders.
Kelso 2.40: Geronimo
This is only Geronimo’s fourth career start, but despite his lack of experience he could be the answer to this tricky puzzle.
He has placed second on all three starts to date. He was second to Uppertown Prince on his second start, that rival went on to run well at Aintree last week. He was then sent straight into handicap company and started well in that sphere by again finishing second at Carlisle last time. That suggests his current mark of 110 is a fair one.
He has already shown he handles soft ground and stays 3m so despite his inexperience, there are enough reasons to think he can win this.
Kelso 3.40: Newtown Lad
No trainer is in better form than Lucinda Russell at present (47% strike rate in April) and Newtown Lad can maintain the record with a change of headgear likely to help.
He is relatively fresh having had just the three races this season. Two of those have seen him pull up, but his close second to De Vous a Moi at Newcastle in January suggests he still has plenty of ability when he wants to use it.
He appeared to resent being held up at Carlisle last time but he usually does better in small fields and only has eight rivals to worry about here. His last win came at Ayr on heavy going in January of last year – on the occasion where he sported blinkers for the first time. Now the headgear changes to visors and he looks the sort of horse to respond well to a change of circumstance.
1pt win – Geronimo – 2.40 Kelso – 5/2 general
1pt win – Newtown Lad – 3.40 Kelso – 7/1 general