Dave Nevison's top tips for Saturday: Keep faith with Meep Meep

By Dave Nevison
Fri 22 Mar 2019

Very much an in-between Saturday with Cheltenham gone and the Lincoln and the Grand National on the horizon.

However, I think there is room for a couple of each-way plays on horses that might not have delivered yet but with a degree of imagination cases can be made.

3.00 Kelso: Capard King each-way at 14-1 with Ladbrokes

Has evidently earned the dreaded Timeform squiggle and has not won for some time but might run into a place in this very good handicap chase.

This horse is 5lb higher than the mark he got beaten off last time out and 2lb out of the handicap, which is not encouraging, but he has run very creditably of a stone higher in the past.

This is also just his second run for local hero Sandy Thomson and he came up against a handicap blot last time.

Thomson deserves a Saturday change of luck as he should have had two winners a fortnight ago but for the fences getting in the way. His horses are in terrific shape.

3.15 Newbury: Meep Meep at 12-1 each-way with Paddy Power who offer five places

Meep Meep finishes fourth in the Aintree bumper

I haven’t done badly with my Racing TV horses to follow over the years but this one has been an abject failure so far, which is most disappointing.

However, given she is a double-figure price I will stick with her for one more go.

I put her up because I wanted to be with trainer Tom Lacey, who has his string in the best form they have been this season.

I felt Meep Meep was going to be a real good staying mare based on her efforts in bumpers last season, which included fourth in the good mares’ bumper at Aintree.

I was definitely encouraged by her reappearance run at Chepstow but she hasn’t progressed in two runs since, though the latest was in a good Haydock event run on very heavy ground.

That was three months ago, so it is clear there was felt to be an issue and I am more than happy to chuck a few quid at her off a mark of 114.

Meep Meep was well backed when she landed her bumper, from a decent sort, on her debut last year so the market is likely to tell us if I am guessing right this time.

4.10 Kelso: Diamond Rock at a general 8-1

Diamond Rock has his first start for Sandy Thomson and the trainer won’t have to improve him much to win this.

He looked reasonably promising type for Henry Oliver but ultimately never delivered but it is evident that Thomson does have the knack of reinvigorating horses he takes on and there are not many in this contest that are likely to do anything different.

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