Close Up At Kelso

We had some great runs at Kelso this afternoon from both the young and more mature horses.

Sky Khan, pictured, has been a superstar for the yard, being placed at the Cheltenham Festival, Aintree and Punchestown and this afternoon he showed that the old spark is still there when second in the feature handicap hurdle. Held up, as usual, he was a little outpaced a mile out but then stayed on and was as determined as ever in the home straight. He deserves to win again.

The young horses also ran blinders; Mighty Thunder, in his first open class three handicap and against experienced horses stayed the trip well to be third. Slightly slicker jumping will see him win some good races over hurdles and he remains an exciting horse for the future with the scope to go chasing next season.

Alizee De Janeiro was third in the handicap chase, run at a good clip she was caught a bit flat footed down the hill but rallied three out and tried hard to close in the home straight.

And finally we were pleased with our two novice hurdlers; Izzy's Champion settled nicely and showed a professional attitude to be third over a trip that may turn out to be too short, and Mon Ami Bob, though keen in front and green, stuck to his task to be fourth, showing enough on a first hurdle run.

Meanwhile, at the Goffs UK sales, Chouquette was sold for £18,000 to Bobby Macarthy of the Beeches Stud. We are delighted that she made a good price, and look forward to seeing her offspring at the sales and on the track.


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