Talking Horses: Lucinda Russell can follow up Grand National win

Greg Wood
Grand National winner One For Arthur meets a new fan at his stable near Kinross on Sunday. His trainer, Lucinda Russell, could be back among the winners on Monday at Kelso. Photograph: Ian Rutherford/PA

Today’s best bets, by Greg Wood

Willie Mullins sent runners to Kelso last April in an ultimately fruitless attempt to claim the British jump trainers’ title, but this year’s championship race seems to be over after Paul Nicholls effectively conceded the crown to Nicky Henderson on Sunday and neither trainer has a runner on the card at the track today.

One For Arthur, the locally-trained Grand National winner, could put in an appearance for the fans, however, as Belinda McClung, one of his owners, is a steward at the course. Lucinda Russell, the trainer of One For Arthur, should also continue her good form in the card’s hunter chase, where Hey Listen (4.40), a lightly-raced point-to-point winner, is currently 4-1.

Sky Full Of Stars (4.10) should regain the winning thread on the same card, having unseated his jockey at an early stage two days ago behind Chain Of Beacons, who re-opposes today under a penalty, while Torrid (4.20) could go well at a decent price in the one-mile handicap at Redcar.

Torrid’s fitness needs to be taken on trust, but Mick Easterby is already off the mark for the new turf campaign and the six-year-old looked very unfortunate not to get his head in front on his final start of the 2016 season at Nottingham. Torrid was stopped in his run twice after turning for home and went down by only a neck. He is up 3lb today but two of the horses behind him last time were winners on their next start and Nathan Evans gets a useful 3lb allowance.

The Grey Warrior (3.50) should go well on the same card, while Bluff Crag (3.30) and Dashing Poet (5.30) both have plenty going for them on the card at Windsor.

Greg Wood tips for Monday


2.20 Ventura Gold 2.50 Gramercy 3.20 Redicean 3.50 The Grey Warrior 4.20Torrid (nap) 4.55 Golconda Prince 5.25 Spirit Of The Vale 5.55 Benjamin Thomas


2.00 Lethal Lunch 2.30 Radjash 3.00 Light Of Air 3.30 Bluff Crag 4.00 Know Your Limit 4.30 Broad Appeal 5.00 Shifting Star 5.30 Dashing Poet (nb)


2.10 Buckled 2.40 Rosquero 3.10 Harry The Viking 3.40 Blue Hussar 4.10 Sky Full Of Stars 4.40 Hey Listen 5.10 Urban Kode

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