Sam Turner's Best Bets BlogNEACHELLS BRIDGE (Hereford, nap, 1.00) has shown definite signs of ability over hurdles as well as in bumpers and now goes handicapping for the first time on Tuesday.

The six-year-old has only run five times under rules since arriving from Ireland last year and went into a few notebooks 26 days ago when staying on over what looked an inadequate two miles at Uttoxeter. He travelled and jumped okay, made some nice progress three out before a one-paced finish.

That should have him set up well for this handicap bow on a return to two miles three and a half furlongs and, off a workable mark, can be competitive in a race where few make much appeal.

COUGAR KID (Hereford, nb, 4.00) has recorded three victories in the past 12 months and returns to action in the finale after a 161-day break. The selection is 2-4 and has placed on the other two runs at the venue and although his two victories here was over further, sandwiched between was a Leicester success over one mile seven and a half furlongs.

He should be a nice price in a tricky contest and is expected to go close with decent speed figures in the book.

RED STRIPES (Chelmsford, 7.15) has collected over £57,000 in prize money but quite remarkably, £30,000 has been for being placed! The six-year-old is a seriously consistent all-weather horse and has been knocking at the door of late including here where he is a five-time winner.

Red Stripes has a portfolio of decent track figures and is due a return to the winner’s enclosure on his return to Chelmsford after two trips to Wolverhampton.