Sam-Turners-Saturday-Form-File-v1Top tipster Sam Turner is a regular on Racing TV and a proponent of speed figures and sectional timing. Here are his best bets for Sunday’’s action

Brian Boranha (Sedgefield, 4.05)

Sunday’s Durham National looks a tight affair but last year’s winner Brian Boranha is of note on his return to action following a wind operation.

The eight-year-old took this race apart in 2018, jumping well and looking very menacing when the leader managed to bypass the second last in error at the closing stages of a dramatic race. In the end, the selection kept on going despite connections’ concerns about being in front too early and eased to a nine-length victory.

Not at his best since, including in the Scottish Grand National, Brian Boranha returns after a 169-day break following the medical procedure but won first time back after a longer lay-off last year and has run well on soft ground three times before.

He will have been aimed at a repeat success and should offer punters decent each-way value.

Itchy Feet (Kempton, 4.25)

Itchy Feet won a Listed novices’ hurdle here a year ago and wasn’t far away in making it four wins in a row in a Cheltenham Grade 2 last November.

Very highly-tried at the two spring festivals, he wasn’t beaten too far in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle when he broke a blood vessel and the Top Novices’ Hurdle during which he didn’t jump particularly well in the mud.

Somehow Kempton Park has so far avoided the deluge and Itchy Feet therefore should get optimum conditions on Sunday. He looks set for a big season, with this a realistic starting point.

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