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Barliffey looks to be getting his act together over hurdles and at 5/1 rates the best bet on today’s Kelso card (5.00).

Lucinda Russell’s gelding left his previous form behind when chasing home Endeavour at Kelso five days ago – looking the likely winner until giving best close home to be beaten 1 1/2 lengths.

He meets that rival again this afternoon, but is now 12lb better off and is strongly fancied to gain his revenge.

Another plus is that he has an excellent claimer on board today in the shape of Grant Cockburn, who is terrific value for his 8lb claim and a young man with a big future ahead of him.

Taking into account his allowance, there is no way that Endeavour should beat him again if they both run up to the form of the Kelso race – especially as Barliffey looks the type who will continue to progress with experience.

I had him priced up as clear favourite for this, and at the 5/1 on offer he looks overpriced and an each-way steal.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Barliffey (5/1 generally available – BOG firms)

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