Pre Kelso

On to Kelso with eight horses on their Borders Chase day.

We start with two novice hurdlers; Destiny Is All is dropping back in trip having failed to stay on heavy ground at Hexham the past twice. A young horse who travels well in his races he just needs to strengthen before going chasing. Tarset Hinny a well bred mare by Presenting ran with promise in her bumper and makes her hurdling debut tomorrow. She can be keen at home but schooling has helped her to settle and she starts off over Kelso's padded hurdles which I think are great to educate the youngsters.

Big River was running a good race at Cheltenham until blundering at the top of the hill and he should love being back at Kelso. The trip of the Borders National will suit him and while he has top weight he worked really well alongside One For Arthur on the grass here two weeks ago. 

We have three runners in the two mile handicap hurdle; a result of the cancellation of Musselburgh and my preference to run at Kelso over the padded hurdles. Blooriedotcom can be keen in his races and is better than his form figures, while Deepsand is dropping in the weights and will love the soft ground. Timesawaiting is fragile but he has been moving well since knee surgery and he should step up on his comeback run last time.

Aurora Thunder has been better than ever this season and while she carries a penalty she has been improving physically with racing. The trip and track will suit, although she takes on some winning point to point mares.

Finally, we step up in trip with A Ladies Milan. A genuine chap he has had plenty of jumping after looking a little wary to start with at Wetherby last month. His jumping will have to be slick, trying a handicap for the first time.

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