Friday Racing Tips: Mail can deliver at Kelso

 | February 16 | 

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There’s an even split with two National Hunt and two all-weather meetings set to take place across the afternoon and evening in the UK and Ireland on Friday.

The first meeting to kick off is Fakenham and Kelso starts a short while later. Dundalk and Wolverhampton complete the day’s action.

Amongst our Friday fancies is one for trainer Nick Alexander who was a winner last time out and could follow up off just a 4lb higher mark.

Friday Racing Tips

  • 14.55 Kelso - Ginger Mail @ 6/1
  • 15.25 Kelso - Nells Son @ 5/2
  • 18.45 Wolverhampton - Al Rufaa @ 11/4

14.55 Kelso - Ginger Mail @ 6/1

A course and distance winner on his previous start, Nick Alexander’s GINGER MAIL has every chance of following up at Kelso.

The son of Sinndar has a solid record at the track, finishing first and second in his two completed starts. It was a career best effort when winning comfortably last time out and a 4lb rise seems more than fair.

Everything went right for him that day and he made smooth headway to hit the front just before the last, having been held up in the early stages of the race. It’s unlikely that an extra 4lb would have prevented him from winning and that bodes well for his chances here.

With this in mind, if he can replicate that effort here, there’s every chance that back-to-back victories could be on the agenda.

This eight-year-old has had 12 starts over hurdles thus far but leaves the impression that he’s on an upward trajectory and may well have further improvement in the tank.

Ginger Mail to win 14.55 Kelso at 6-1

15.25 Kelso - Nells Son @ 5/2

Look out for NELLS SON at Kelso as the Nicky Richards-trained gelding is well set to gain a second victory over fences.

He’s a Grade 2 winner over hurdles, winning the Premier Novices’ Hurdle (2m2f) here back in March 2022. This horse is somewhat of a course specialist as he has won two of his three starts at Kelso.

Victorious on his seasonal debut at Carlisle, he scooted clear to win by three-and-a-quarter lengths. Obviously he was suited by the stiff finish there as he’s looked a little outpaced over 1m7f and an extended two miles on his last two starts.

The step back up in trip looks like a sensible move and he definitely has more to give over longer distances. His record on soft ground is decent and the conditions here should be pretty suitable.

Despite the fact that this horse has failed to fulfil his potential to date, he has the ability to win off this sort of mark and the best could be yet to come.

Nells Son to win the 15.25 Kelso at 5-2

18.45 Wolverhampton - Al Rufaa @ 11/4

Wolverhampton’s feature race is a competitive affair and it could go the way of Daniel & Claire Kubler’s AL RUFAA, who tries an extended 1m1f for the first time.

He was an easy winner off a mark of 82 here back in November and he certainly didn’t appear to be running out of steam over an extended mile that day.

It’s worth noting that he had to wait for racing room and then came through powerfully to lead before the furlong pole. Quickening away strongly in the final furlong, he was eased down towards the finish.

His only attempt at 1m1f so far came in the 2020 Cambridgeshire. A handicap mark of 105, keenness and the class of race were the reasons for that poor display, rather than the trip being an issue.

Currently rated 6lb higher than when last winning, a big run could be on the cards and he is well worth giving a chance over this new trip.

Al Rufaa to win the 18.45 Wolverhampton at 11-4

Check out the rest of our Horse Racing Tips here.

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