It looks as if we will have good ground at Kelso and the yard has six runners.
Fyfin Patsy has been most unlucky in her two chase starts and we are back over hurdles with her in a mares handicap hurdle. She will ne fine on good ground, and the conditions of the race are ideal, so with a clear round she could be close up in the closing stages.
Bayfriars Bobby is a good ground type and he is improving with racing. In time I expect that he will stay further, and he has already schooled over fences, but he needs a little more time to mature before we go chasing.
Emissaire has ability but has been a tricky horse to find the key to after his winning bumper run. Lori has formed a good relationship with him at home, and his work has improved as a result. She will be leading him up today and he should outrun his price if he shows the same improvement on the track as on our gallops.
Boys On Tour is one of our Perth summer team, but oddly, while he loves Perth we have always thought that he would be better left handed. He has a stiff ask today in this 140 chase, and over a slightly longer trip than usual, but he is fresh and Stephen knows him well.
Slainte Mhor is possibly better on heavy ground, being a steady sort, but he won last time and my father who owns him likes to support Kelso racecourse. The trip will be fine, but we will check the ground before he runs in case it is too lively.
Finally, we would love Emirate De Cantana to win the three mile chase for his Kelso Members owners. He has suffered from confidence issues since a fall at Perth back in September, but there were glimmers of a revival last time, and he looks well at home.