Saturday Racing Tips: Four big-priced bets at Kempton and Uttoxeter

The Festival is over but the good racing goes on
The Festival is over but the good racing goes on

The Cheltenham Festival is over for another year but the big races continue with the Midlands National the highlight of Saturday's racing. Tony Calvin makes a quartet of value selections across today's meetings at Uttoxeter and Kempton

"The first-time visor that Cogry wore at Warwick are replaced by the cheekpieces here and, provided his jumping holds up, then he is weighted to go close in conditions in which he should excel."

Back Cogry @ 9.617/2 in the 16:10 at Uttoxeter

Embarrassing is the only word to describe my Cheltenham offerings, so accept my genuine apologies - when favourites win, I lose, but nearly all my selections ran appallingly - and here is hoping that Cogry can start the recovery mission by winning the Midlands Grand National at 16:10.

He has always shaped as if a marathon test would bring out the best in him but things haven't really panned out for him in some of the bigger staying chases so far.

He finished a fair sixth in the National Hunt Chase last season, but fell when still in with a shout in the Scottish National and was then pulled up when sent off the 8-1 favourite in the Welsh version in January.

But if he returns to the form of his fourth to Sausalito Sunrise at Cheltenham in November then he would have a very big shout here and he shaped well over an inadequate trip when fourth to Taquin Du Seuil over 2m4f at Warwick last time.

The first-time visor that he wore at Warwick are replaced by the cheekpieces here and, provided his jumping holds up, then he is weighted to go close in conditions in which he should excel.

Jokers and Rogues has gone up 12lb for his easy Sedgefield win last time but he isn't a bad price at 8.615/2 to beat the favourite Midtech Valentine in the 14:25 but, as with the handicap chase at 15:00 nothing appeals as a bet.

Chef D'Oeuvre looks on a fair mark in the 15:35 and isn't a bad price at 6.25/1 but he stops just sort of being a recommendation in a competitive little race.

In fact, if you are looking for one at a price then Rock On Rocky fits the bill at 30.029/1 and he rates a small-stakes bet.

He finished second to Beg To Differ in this race last season off a 6lb higher mark and showed a little more love for the game when third at Leicester last time, for which he has been dropped another 2lb in the weights.

He would want to be ridden a touch less enthusiastically here, with other pace rivals in the race, but he is handicapped to outrun his odds and his small stable had a winner last week and 7lb claimer Stan Sheppard has a very impressive strike rate.

Over at Kempton nothing much appeals in the 14:40 but there has to be some mileage in playing in the 15:15, with Townshend taking out so much of the market at 3.711/4. He could well be thrown in here off a mark of 135 on his second start for the stable in a first-time hood.

A Hare Breath is the obvious one if you want to take on the jolly, but I am going to split stakes on a couple of outsiders in Simply A Legend and Keltus, who finished second and third in a good handicap hurdle over course and distance on Boxing Day, at 22.021/1 and 17.016/1 respectively.

Both ran well enough last time when things didn't go entirely their way, and Keltus will be suited by stepping down in trip on better ground after running over 3m in the heavy at Newbury last time.

Once again, apologies for Cheltenham. I really am embarrassed by the way my selections ran.

Recommended Bets
Back Keltus @ 18.017/1 in the 15:15 at Kempton
Back Simply A Legend @ 23.022/1 in the 15:15 at Kempton

Back Rock On Rocky @ 30.029/1 in the 15:35 at Uttoxeter
Back Cogry @ 9.617/2 in the 16:10 at Uttoxeter

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