Longchamp is quite rightly the focus of attention on Sunday, but a winning Placepot permutation at Kelso would certainly not go amiss...
"It is difficult to see past Red Tyke in the second event, with the three-year-old having won on the Flat since making a successful debut over hurdles last month..."
14:20 - The pair at the head of the Timeform weight-adjusted ratings are War Singer and Snooker and, as both remain open to further improvement, they are the ones to focus on. The former has had four starts in this sphere and is highly likely to prove more adept than he has shown to date, whilst he will find this much easier than a Punchestown handicap he contested in April. Snooker readily opened his account over hurdles at Sedgefield last month and, although a 14 lb rise will make life tougher, it is unlikely to prevent him from going close.
14:55 - It is difficult to see past Red Tyke in the second event, with the three-year-old having won on the Flat since making a successful debut over hurdles last month. It would be no surprise were he to improve in this sphere, and he has to have leading claims.
15:35 - Nuts N Bolts, who is unbeaten in two starts over hurdles, makes plenty of appeal here but the one to side with is Midnight Tuesday, trained by David Pipe. The seven-year-old appears to be on the up and receives weight from his main rival, so it is with confidence that we select him as a banker.
16:05 - Bocciani took another step forward over fences when second at Ayr off this mark last month and, having confirmed his well-being on the Flat recently, he appeals as one of the most likely contenders in the fourth leg. It's also worth including Lively Baron, who has been given a break following a poor run in April and ought to make the places if putting his best foot forward.
16:35 - The Alistair Whillans-trained Vittachi appeals as well treated based on his Flat form and, having shown the first signs of ability in this sphere when third at Sedgefield late last year, the five-year-old goes in as our sole selection. Angel Sun rates as the biggest danger, racing from a 3 lb lower mark than when last seen, but Vittachi is an assured banker.
17:10 - This is a pretty poor affair but we need to get across the line and Gunner Rose and Livvy Inn are the pair that get the nod. The former ran well when second at Worcester last time and is probably the most solid in this field whilst Livvy Inn, who has been below form for a while over jumps, would have a big say in this if returning to anywhere near his best and cannot be ruled out in this grade.
14:20 - 1, 11
14:55 - 1
15:35 - 3
16:05 - 4, 5
16:35 - 8
17:10 - 1, 3
= 8 lines