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Dave Nevison's top tips for Wednesday: Tidal Watch can rise to occasion

By Dave Nevison
Wed 18 Sep 2019

Top tipster Dve Nevison has three selections for the meeting at Kelso on Wednesday - watch how they fare live on Racing TV

4.45 Kelso: Ballycrystal Court at 13-2 with William Hill

Improved for his chasing debut when winning a 0-105 at Market Rasen last time.

He is only 3lb higher here and is still 5lb below where he was recently competitive over hurdles. He has been competing in higher grade races for the most part and this 0-110 is well within his range.

Ballycrystal Court, like many of Court Cave’s progeny, could easily be better over fences and Rebecca Menzies is proving herself a good chase trainer and so there is scope for upside in this seven-year-old compared to many of his rivals.

The trip is no issue and Nathan Moscrop retains the ride for the in-form trainer.

5.15 Kelso: Canford Thompson at a general 3-1

Canford Thompson has been consistent operating at a low level and won in decent style here last time out (watch above).

He has no penalty for winning that conditional jockeys’ contest and in effect runs off a 2lb lower mark taking into account Billy Garritty’s claim.

This could be Canford Thompson’s optimum trip and, evidently, the course suits.

5.45 Kelso: Tidal Watch at a general 5-2

Jonjo O’Neill is by his own admission shorter on stars than he ought to be but tides ebb and flow and September has started well for him and would have been even better if this one had stood up last time.

He would have won by some way and up until his departure his jumping had been noticeably better than it had been on his chasing debut.

The fortunate winner has gone on to frank the form by being beaten a short head in a decent novice.

Tidal Watch has to cope with a 7lb higher mark but to my eye he’s better than a summer jumper and I fancy he will continue on the up.

The trainer’s son, Jonjo Jr, is a conditional in name only and eases Tidal Watch’s burden by 3lb. The opposition is made up of fair but totally exposed chasers, most of whom are handicapped to the hilt.

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