Sam Turner's Best Bets BlogBIG KITTEN (Newcastle, 3.55) has a fine record on the artificial surface at Newcastle and is fancied to make it a third victory here on Friday.

Formerly with Mark Johnston, the gelding joined William Haggas last autumn and promptly ran a disappointing race at Doncaster on soft ground following a lengthy break. However, a month later the selection was making it a second win at Gosforth Park, pushed out to score easily despite a coltish flash of the tail.

Gelded since and back from another shorter break, Big Kitten moves up in class and distance, and can really start to fulfill the promise shown when a juvenile.

For those looking for something at a bigger price, ISLAND BRAVE was awarded this race in the stewards’ room 12 months ago and shaped with promise behind Forbidden Planet, so could outrun his odds.

Big Kitten 1pt ew @ 11-2

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Island Brave 0.5pt ew @ 15-2

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THE DALEY EXPRESS (Bath, 5.05) took up residence at this venue last spring, winning two from three but unable to replicate the success elsewhere, raised in class.

The result has been a slide in the ratings to a more workable mark and it looks like the gelding has been laid out for this Good Friday race, with a near miss at Windsor on Monday the catalyst.

The Daley Express 2pts win @ 7-4

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KEYSER SOZE (Lingfield, 4.45) has been aimed at today’s valuable prize following a sizzling spell on the all-weather over 7f. He won going away at Newcastle two months ago to cap a Lingfield brace and despite having more on his plate over a furlong further today, Keyser Soze should be very competitive despite the draw. He is a horse that is dropped out and held up before employing an explosive change of gear, so a wide berth may not be a disadvantage granted luck in running.

Keyser Soze 2pt win @ 5-1

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