Kelso Contenders

Buoyed by the success of West End Lady at Hexham on Friday, we have five runners at Kelso this afternoon, kicking off with the game Gemologist in the 2m handicap hurdle. Still seeking her first win, she may need the run following wind surgery and a 191-day absence, with this setting her straight for a return to Musselburgh later in the month. 

Aurora Thunder makes her chasing debut in the novice handicap chase and has schooled well at home in preparation. A solid third at the course last month on her return to action, she shouldn’t be far away provided she gets into a good early rhythm.

Haute Estime showed promise to be placed in a couple of bumpers last season despite being quite green and babyish and is one we expect to take a good step forward over hurdles this winter. She starts off in the 2m novice, but takes on a couple of geldings with useful form and is sure to come on for the experience. She is also bred to want further in time.

Prince Dundee wasn’t at his best at Hexham last time but we are hopeful he can bounce back to form in the 3m2f handicap chase and he could go close over a course and distance where he has twice finished runner-up in the past.

We are doubly-represented in the 2m5f novice hurdle, having 2/3 of the field as Green Vault and Fethard Glory take on the Donald McCain-trained Ibbenburen. Runner-up in an Irish point before winning his bumper at Punchestown last season, Green Vault will appreciate any rain that falls and is one we’re quite excited about for this season, whilst Fethard Glory should benefit from the longer trip now she embarks on a hurdling career. 

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