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Saturday racing tips: Favourite, each-way pick and outsider for Kempton

Three weeks away from the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, ITV continues the countdown with seven live races this Saturday.

The channel is showing four from Kempton, including the feature Grade 3 Close Brothers Handicap Chase (3.35).

Lingfield’s big race, the Group 3 Betway Winter Derby Stakes (2.40), is one of two from the track on the show.

And the cameras also go to Newcastle for the Vertem Eider Handicap Chase (3.15), a thorough test of stamina for the 12 runners.

Here is a trio of tips from Mirror Racing to follow at these fixtures:

Favourite

GUNSIGHT RIDGE (1.15 Kempton)

Olly Murphy’s six-year-old takes an eye-catching step up in trip on his second start in a handicap.

Runner-up to Gowel Road at Newbury, when sent off a well-supported 3-1 shot, the point-to-point winner stayed on nicely in the closing stages.

Olly Murphy

A son of Midnight Legend, he has won on a decent surface and Aidan Coleman can guide him home ahead of the Dan Skelton-trained Encore Champs.

Each-way pick

BIG RIVER (3.15 Newcastle)

A regular in these staying events, this 4m 1½f contest is slightly less competitive than some he has lined up in.

Eighth in the Coral Welsh National, his mark has eased to 139 – just 2lb higher than when he scored at Kelso in January 2020.

Big River was eighth in the Coral Welsh Grand National won by Secret Reprieve (pictured)

His last run at this track came in December 2018, when he unfortunately fell while travelling comfortably.

The 11-year-old ticks plenty of boxes ahead of his latest assignment.

Outsider

FINGERONTHESWITCH (3.35 Kempton)

Ground conditions can help inspire a big effort from the veteran chaser.

Well-beaten in two runs on soft and heavy this winter, the 11-year-old is racing on decent ground for the first time since January 2020.

On that occasion he lost out by just half-a-length in the Sky Bet Chase and competes off the same mark of 132 here.

Jockey Millie Wonnacott’s 7lb claim takes the course and distance winner down to a featherweight – and recent market support could be rewarded.




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