Horse racing tips and best bets for Kelso, Doncaster, Kempton, Stratford and Wolverhampton


The memories of Cheltenham Festival are fading and it’s all systems go for the Grand National at Aintree.

The Scottish National takes place at Ayr before that and we’ll be building up to next month’s action.

MUJTABA (3.35) can give William Haggas a record fifth success in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster.

The top trainer has unearthed another gilt-edged candidate in the shape of this son of Dubai .

The four-year-old justified short odds in style when routing Rani Of Jhansi on debut at Chepstow.

The gelding gave his reputation another massive boost when bolting up from Ciotog at Chester.

He then showed the progressive Empire state of mind no mercy on his handicap debut at Redcar.

The Shadwell raider looks a proper Group-performer so he can stretch his unbeaten run to four.

Eve Johnson Houghton can claim the Brocklesby Stakes once again with BLATANT (1.15).



The juvenile has a very similar profile to classy stablemate chipotle who landed this race last year.

GARRUS (1.50) can kick off his campaign on a positive note in the SBK Cammidge Trophy.

Charlie Hills’s gray was better than ever when slamming Duhail in a Deauville Group 3 in August.

He then ran with real credit in hotter events at Haydock and Newmarket on his last two outings.

The speedster always goes well fresh so he should summarize winning ways back in Listed company.

EMPIRESTATEOFMIND (2.25) can rise to the challenge for John Quinn in the Spring Mile.

The gelding stayed on the rise when comfortably defeating Under Fox at Pontefract in October.

The four-year-old was then very unlucky to encounter the upwardly mobile Mujtaba at Redcar.



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There is plenty more to come from this pacey type who can bag this big prize for his smart yard.

CHINDIT (3.00) can make his proven class tell for Richard Hannon in the Doncaster Mile.

The colt began last season by narrowly defeating Mehmento in the Greenham at Newbury.

He then produced a string of creditable efforts in top company for the rest of the campaign.

the are Wootton Bassett should be even better at four so can he brush aside a decent field.

The East Everleigh Ace can also take the Magnolia Stakes at Kempton with FANCY MAN (2.05).

The colt put in another career best when crushing King Of The South in a Lingfield Listed event.

He improved again when third to Alenquer in the classiest Winter Derby ever at the same track.

That is the best form on offer in this race so the four-year-old should show his rivals no mercy.



Plumpton Racecourse

BANDINELLI (2.40) can reign supreme for thriving Charlie Appleby in the Queen’s Prize.

The gelding showed his liking for this track when a good second Stay Well to over 1m 4f in October.

He then clearly accomplished tackling two miles when decisively defeating Sleeping Lion on his return.

The four-year-old is nicely unexposed as a stayer so he can defy a well-earned 5lb hike up in class.

TOMMY DE VITO (3.55) looks dangerous for Team Hills in the trappy Unibet Handicap.

The five-year-old stayed on the rise with a cozy defeat Zarzyni of in a similar event at Southwell.

The sprinter was value for more than the half-length verdict so he can defy a lenient 3lb rise.

DIAMOND STATE (1.35) can sparkle for Lucinda Russell in the Cab On Target Hurdle at Kelso.

The six-year-old made rapid progress earlier this season with some terrific efforts at Musselburgh.

He ran another stormer at the Lothian venue when third behind Idilico in another strong handicap.

The gelding was slightly unlucky that day so he can hit back under skilled claimer Conner McCann.




Russell’s BIG RIVER (2.45) can romp to his ninth course victory in the Paxtons Handicap Chase.

The 12-year-old was a respectable fourth to Nuts Well in the Listed Premier Chase on his last visit.

The veteran retains plenty of ability so he can regain the winning thread in these calmer waters.

BEAUTIFUL BLUESKY (3.15) can give Ewan Whillans a high-profile triumph in the Herring Queen Hurdle.

The mare went into plenty of notebooks when second to Lady Adare on her return at Newcastle.

She put that experience to good use when hacking up from Augharue over course and distance.

The six-year-old clearly has a bright future so she can take full advantage of an attractive mark.

The Hawick handler can add the Racing TV Handicap Hurdle to his tally with KAIZER (3.46).

The seven-year-old absolutely bolted up from the useful Dequall over track and trip last month.

He ran another blinder when giving Famous Bridge most resistance over 2m 5f on his return.



Newcastle Racecourse

That was a red-hot contest so the tough gelding can gain compensation in this grievous event.

ONTHEROUGE (4.21) can shade the Go North Bumper Series Final for shrewd Peter Niven.

The four-year-old oozed potential when hammering Chase A Fortune on debut at Sedgefield.

That is excellent form so this exciting gelding can get the better of some promising opponents.

DONCASTER

1.15 BLATANT

1.50 GARRUS

2.25 EMPIRESTATEOFMIND

3.00 CHINDIT

3.35 MUJTABA (NAP)

4.10 ALMUHIT

4.46 RED BOND

5:16 INVINCIBLE SOLDIER

Kelso



1.00 LIMERICK LEADER

1.35 DIAMOND STATE

2.10 LUCKY FLIGHT

2.45 BIG RIVER

3.15 BEAUTIFUL BLUESKY

3.46 KAIZER

4.21 ONTHEROUGE

KEMPTON

1.30 SARANGANI

2.05 FANCY MAN

2.40 BANDINELLI

3.20 GET AHEAD

3.55 TOMMY DEVITO

4.30 MY DUBAWI

5.00 STEVENSON

STRATFORD

1:43 COURT ROYALE

2.18 DARIYA

2.53 ALWAYS ABLE

3.28 WEEBILL

4.03 PRIVATE

4.38 BLACK KALANISI

5.10 LIGHTFOOT LADY

WOLVERHAMPTON

4:55 STORM ASSET

5.30 AFTER THE RAIN

6.00 MIDGETON MISSION

6.30 Calin’s Lad

7.00 JACK RYAN

7.30 REBEL REDEMPTION

8.00 DALBY FOREST

8.30 AWAY WIT DA FAIRYS

CURRAGH

1.25 FINSCEAL GO DEO

1.56 DOWNFORCE

2.31 TOY

3.06 KARAKOUL

3.41 MOTHER EARTH

4.16 SHAKE

4.51 FOX LEICESTER

5.21 WASP NETWORK

MYDAN

12.20 STORM DAMAGE

12.55 MANOBO

1.35 MAN OF PROMISE

2.10 PINEHURST

2.45DR SCHIVEL

3.20 LORD NORTH

3.55 YIBIR

4.30 LIFE IS GOOD




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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