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Horse racing tips: Betting expert Dave Nevison marks your card for Friday

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Thu 18 Feb 2021

Tipster Dave Nevison has picked out several winners this week for website readers and shares three more fancies for Friday. Enjoy the eight-race card from Kelso live on Racing TV.

1.20 Kelso: Alright Sunshine

I don’t often look at anything other than handicaps, but I’m making an exception for this horse who switches to hurdles now after a very successful time on the level.

He was presumably bought to be a jumper, as he started off in Scottish bumpers where he mopped up weak opposition in effortless style. The speed he had shown probably forced connections to consider a switch to the Flat, and that proved a very smart move as he made up into a 100+ handicapper thought good enough to run in the Ebor and Cesarewitch.

Things didn’t go his way in either of those events, but he is against jumps-bred novice hurdlers here and, even though this could well be the hottest novice hurdle run at Kelso for some time, I expect Alright Sunshine to prove too classy for these if he can jump sufficiently.

2.50 Kelso: Quick Wave

She came back to fences last time after a confidence booster over hurdles and certainly showed the benefit, winning a competitive event for mares in really good style.

There is strong local opposition in both Duc De Grissay, who is up 8lb and rated as a winner last time even though he unseated at the last fence, and Crixus’s Escape who also fell last time with six to jump in the Tommy Whittle. That horse is now 6lb higher than his latest win.

Quick Wave has gone up 7lbs for her success, but she did it in good style and I feel she could be a class act now she is getting things together. It has certainly done me no harm being with Venetia Williams runners in heavy-ground slogs over fences of late and I am happy to stick with a winning formula.

7.15 Southwell: Three C’s

He did us a favour when very well-backed last time, but we certainly had to sweat as he needed all his useful young jockey’s strength to get his head in front on the post.

He beat a useful and in-form horse for this grade and the pair were well clear of the third-placed runner. He obviously has no penalty for that win and, with the same jockey claiming 5lb, Three C’s has an obvious chance of following up.

I mentioned his course record last week, and that now stands at four wins and two places from six starts - impressive for a horse still able to race off a mark of 55.

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