13:55 Kelso 3 Mar 2012

Terry Frame Joiners Novices' Hurdle (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £2,599 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

1

2m 110y

Good (Good to Soft in places)

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123
iT
Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves (Mr & Mrs Paul Rooney)

Absinthe (IRE)  17 

b g King's Best - Triple Try (Sadler's Wells)

D
6 11-8
124
6 11-8
124

Made seamless transition to hurdling when running out a ready winner at Bangor (17f, value for plenty extra). Much improved when third to promising Lyvius over C&D last time and sets the standard.

Made seamless transition to hurdling when running out a ready winner at Bangor (17f, value for plenty extra). Much improved when third to promising Lyvius over C&D last time and sets the standard.

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314602
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Light blue and black (quartered), yellow sleeves, black cap (Mr Hw Turcan & Sir Simon Dunning)

Jet Master (IRE)  33 

b g Brian Boru - Whats The Reason (Strong Gale)

D
6 11-8 t
118
6 11-8 t
118

Off mark over hurdles at second time of asking at Perth in September. Back to best in first-time tongue tie when second at Ayr (heavy) latest but everything went his way there and vulnerable.

Off mark over hurdles at second time of asking at Perth in September. Back to best in first-time tongue tie when second at Ayr (heavy) latest but everything went his way there and vulnerable.

3
0-60124
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Dark blue, red stripe, halved sleeves, red cap (Mr James Callow)

Kealigolane (IRE)  17 

gr g Beneficial - Leone Des Pres (Tip Moss)

D

Non Runner

Non Runner

Opened hurdling account at Musselburgh (2m) in December for Hugh McWilliams and better form when second at Sedgefield next time. Long way behind Absinthe when fourth over C&D on latest run, however.

Opened hurdling account at Musselburgh (2m) in December for Hugh McWilliams and better form when second at Sedgefield next time. Long way behind Absinthe when fourth over C&D on latest run, however.

4
4-
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Purple, white halved sleeves, white cap, purple spots (Raeburn Brick Limited)

Chookie Hamilton 357 (11F) 

ch g Compton Place - Lady Of Windsor (Woods of Windsor)

8 11-1
-
8 11-1
-

Fair stayer on Flat. Possibly unsuited by heavy ground in Ayr novice only start over hurdles last year, but looks up against it here.

Fair stayer on Flat. Possibly unsuited by heavy ground in Ayr novice only start over hurdles last year, but looks up against it here.

5
08F0
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Royal blue and white (quartered), red sleeves, white armlets, red cap (K Milligan Partnership)

Heart O Annandale (IRE)  7 

b g Winged Love - She's All Heart (Broken Hearted)

5 11-1
95
5 11-1
95

Yet to offer any signs of ability in a bumper or 3 hurdle races, taking a heavy fall at Ayr on penultimate start.

Yet to offer any signs of ability in a bumper or 3 hurdle races, taking a heavy fall at Ayr on penultimate start.

6
232-285
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Black and white stripes, chevrons on sleeves, black cap, white star (Mr David Armstrong)

Makbullet 50 

gr g Makbul - Gold Belt (Bellypha)

5 11-1
117
5 11-1
117

Back to winning ways on Flat (7f) in October and shown enough when placed 4 times over hurdles (3 of them over 2m at Musselburgh) to suggest he has a race in him. Form of last outing working out.

Back to winning ways on Flat (7f) in October and shown enough when placed 4 times over hurdles (3 of them over 2m at Musselburgh) to suggest he has a race in him. Form of last outing working out.

7
4-3
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Light blue, orange stars on sleeves, light blue cap, orange star (Mrs Elizabeth Ferguson)

Samstown 21 

b g Kingsalsa - Red Peony (Montjeu)

5 11-1
-
5 11-1
-

Boasts an attractive Flat pedigree, and built on bumper debut when well-supported third at Musselburgh on hurdling bow 13 months later. Likely to improve but needs to do so.

Boasts an attractive Flat pedigree, and built on bumper debut when well-supported third at Musselburgh on hurdling bow 13 months later. Likely to improve but needs to do so.

8
025-79
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Light blue, white triple diamond, white and yellow diabolo on sleeves, light blue and yellow quartered cap (The Vilprano Partnership)

Smart Ruler (IRE)  50 

ch g Viking Ruler - Celebrated Smile (Cadeaux Genereux)

6 11-1
-
6 11-1
-

Runner-up in 2m polytrack bumper in March but didn't get near that level in 3 similar events on turf (stamina looked suspect). Sold cheaply from David Arbuthnot prior to poor hurdling bow.

Runner-up in 2m polytrack bumper in March but didn't get near that level in 3 similar events on turf (stamina looked suspect). Sold cheaply from David Arbuthnot prior to poor hurdling bow.

9
007
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Light blue, red cross belts, black and red hooped sleeves, red cap (Rayson & Susan Nixon)

Just Stripe 37 

gr m Supreme Sound - Delightfool (Idiot's Delight)

5 10-8 t1
-
5 10-8 t1
-

Jumped shoddily when down the field in 3 starts over hurdles and makes little appeal once more despite presence of first-time tongue tie.

Jumped shoddily when down the field in 3 starts over hurdles and makes little appeal once more despite presence of first-time tongue tie.

Verdict

This might not take a great deal of winning and it looks a reasonable opportunity for ABSINTHE to get back in the groove. He has twice come up short since scoring readily on his hurdling debut at Bangor in January but last month's close third to Lyvius was another step in the right direction and further improvement is expected. Makbullet shapes like he may appreciate more of a test, while the same can be said of recent Ayr runner-up Jet Master.

Verdict

Absinthe is the one to beat for an in-form trainer-jockey combination but he showed signs of temperament on the Flat and may be worth taking on with Makbullet, who has shown enough ability to win a race like this and is also from a yard amongst the winners. Samstown finished a place behind a McCain runner last time and a similar fate awaits.

14:30 Kelso 3 Mar 2012

Cyril Alexander Memorial Novices' Chase (Class 4) (5YO plus)

Winner £4,549 - 3 run - Draw Advantage: None

2

2m 1f

Good (Good to Soft in places)

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42361F
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Red, emerald green diamond, red sleeves, emerald green  diamonds, quartered cap (Mr J Henderson (Co Durham))

Chester Lad 21 

ch g Fraam - Our Krissie (Kris)

D
7 11-7
135
7 11-7
135

Immediately proved himself better over fences than hurdles when winning maiden at Newcastle (2m) in January. Fell next time, but remains unexposed in this sphere.

Immediately proved himself better over fences than hurdles when winning maiden at Newcastle (2m) in January. Fell next time, but remains unexposed in this sphere.

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Grey, red cap, grey diamond (Mr M Deren)

Maggio (FR)  17 

b g Trempolino - La Musardiere (Cadoudal)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Impressive when belatedly recording first career win in 2½m Musselburgh maiden chase in December. Unseated early here last month but clear round should see him bang there.

Impressive when belatedly recording first career win in 2½m Musselburgh maiden chase in December. Unseated early here last month but clear round should see him bang there.

3
F-11923
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Primrose (Barber Bruce Fleming Levein Russell)

Degas Art (IRE)  37 

b g Danehill Dancer - Answer (Warning)

D
9 11-0 p
122
9 11-0 p
122

Won twice over hurdles last summer for new yard, but jumping continues to let him down over fences, no match for Chester Lad at Newcastle last time.

Won twice over hurdles last summer for new yard, but jumping continues to let him down over fences, no match for Chester Lad at Newcastle last time.

4
741-178
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Light blue, orange stars on sleeves, light blue cap, orange star (Mrs Elizabeth Ferguson)

Kai Broon (IRE)  248 

b g Marju - Restiv Star (Soviet Star)

CD
5 11-0
105
5 11-0
105

Much improved over hurdles last spring, winning 2m handicaps at Newcastle and here. Absent 8 months since successive below-par efforts, and something to find on chasing debut.

Much improved over hurdles last spring, winning 2m handicaps at Newcastle and here. Absent 8 months since successive below-par efforts, and something to find on chasing debut.

Verdict

Chester Lad is respected if none the worse for his heavy fall at Musselburgh last month but marginal preference is for MAGGIO. He, too, failed to complete the course last time out, when unseating Brian Hughes at this track, but his previous Musselburgh win over 2m4f was particularly impressive in the context of this event and he'll take a bit of pegging back if allowed to dictate. Degas Art was a long way behind Chester Lad at Newcastle in January but could bridge the gap back on decent ground today.

Verdict

None of the quartet can be ruled out but Chester Lad may be open to a bit more improvement over fences and gets the nod despite last month's Musselburgh spill. Maggio is also on a retrieval mission and looks the main threat.

15:05 Kelso 3 Mar 2012

Bedmax Handicap Chase (For The Hamilton Memorial Trophy) (Class 4) (5YO plus)

Winner £3,899 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

2m 1f

Good (Good to Soft in places)

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411121
iT
Red, chocolate cross belts, white sleeves (Mr Hugh T Redhead)

Red Tanber (IRE)  16 

ch g Karinga Bay - Dreamy Desire (Palm Track)

9 11-12
115
9 11-12
115

Quickly shown himself to be a better chaser than hurdler, winning 4 handicaps at Musselburgh since the start of December. Raised another 6 lb for latest success but may still have more to offer.

Quickly shown himself to be a better chaser than hurdler, winning 4 handicaps at Musselburgh since the start of December. Raised another 6 lb for latest success but may still have more to offer.

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261-324
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White, purple hoops, armlets and cap (Mrs M E Dixon)

Polar Gunner 11 

b g Gunner B - Polar Belle (Arctic Lord)

CD
15 11-9
112
15 11-9
112

Admirable veteran whose last win came in this corresponding race in 2011. Proven he retains most of his ability this season and likely to be thereabouts, but remains vulnerable to younger legs.

Admirable veteran whose last win came in this corresponding race in 2011. Proven he retains most of his ability this season and likely to be thereabouts, but remains vulnerable to younger legs.

3
561257
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Dark blue, large pink spots, pink cap (Mrs S Smith)

Kilkenny All Star (IRE)  11 

b g Alderbrook - Borris Bounty (Treasure Hunter)

D
11 11-6
109
11 11-6
109

Fair performer who was back to best when scoring at Bangor in November and good second next time. However, has looked laboured both starts since and it's hard to be confident about his chances here.

Fair performer who was back to best when scoring at Bangor in November and good second next time. However, has looked laboured both starts since and it's hard to be confident about his chances here.

4
0-34598
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Royal blue and white check, red sleeves and cap (Lord Cochrane And Partners)

Or de Grugy (FR)  17 

b g April Night - Girlish (Passing Sale)

C
10 11-5 t
108
10 11-5 t
108

Mixed bag since winning over 25f here in October 2010. Has shown little both starts since returning from a break and likely to find this test too sharp.

Mixed bag since winning over 25f here in October 2010. Has shown little both starts since returning from a break and likely to find this test too sharp.

5
35-3P43
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Saxe blue, canary sleeves, silver cap, blue spots (Mr J R Jeffreys)

Freddie Brown 43 

b g Missed Flight - Some Shiela (Remainder Man)

CD
8 11-2 t
105
8 11-2 t
105

Free-going sort who won bumper and showed fair novice form over hurdles. Plenty of promise both starts over fences and major player in this contest with more improvement expected.

Free-going sort who won bumper and showed fair novice form over hurdles. Plenty of promise both starts over fences and major player in this contest with more improvement expected.

6
P-P4374
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Royal blue and yellow stripes, white sleeves (Hogarth Racing)

Pamak D'airy (FR)  13 

b g Cadoubel - Gamaska D'airy (Marasali)

9 11-1
104
9 11-1
104

Fair chaser who won 4-runner handicap at Wetherby in February 2011. Below form since, though shaped as if in need of latest outing and well handicapped on old form if jumping holds up.

Fair chaser who won 4-runner handicap at Wetherby in February 2011. Below form since, though shaped as if in need of latest outing and well handicapped on old form if jumping holds up.

Verdict

Lucy Alexander is riding with real confidence at present and she clearly gets on very well with RED TANBER, having partnered Bruce Mactaggart's gelding to victory four times this season. The nine-year-old keeps on defying the handicapper and having done the job in fine style at Musselburgh last month, another 6lb rise in the ratings may not be enough to prevent another victory. Polar Gunner and Freddie Brown both know what's required to win here and the latter is of particular interest back on decent ground having landed a bumper on good to firm here in May 2010.

Verdict

Red Tanber and Polar Gunner are both likely to make bold bids. However, it may pay to side with Freddie Brown who has shown promise on both outings over fences and remains open to further improvement.

15:35 Kelso 3 Mar 2012

totepool Premier Kelso Hurdle (Grade 2 Novices' Hurdle) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Winner £17,085 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

2m 2f

Good (Good to Soft in places)

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34116
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Pink, royal blue cap (Triermore Stud)

Captain Conan (FR)  20 

b g Kingsalsa - Lavandou (Sadler's Wells)

D
5 11-8
142
5 11-8
142

French recruit who was slightly fortunate to make a winning British debut in Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown (17f) as runner-up gave it away. Well held in Ireland next time, but big chance here.

French recruit who was slightly fortunate to make a winning British debut in Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown (17f) as runner-up gave it away. Well held in Ireland next time, but big chance here.

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6-1211
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Maroon, white diamond and sleeves, white cap, maroon star (Mr R Bewley)

Bury Parade (IRE)  87 

br g Overbury - Alexandra Parade (Mister Lord)

6 11-5
132
6 11-5
132

Bumper winner who made an excellent start over hurdles with brace of novice wins at Hexham. Off 3 months since, but should still have more to come if ready and raring to go.

Bumper winner who made an excellent start over hurdles with brace of novice wins at Hexham. Off 3 months since, but should still have more to come if ready and raring to go.

3
3211
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Light green, dark green chevrons, red sleeves, white and red striped cap (Mr P J Martin)

Into Wain (USA)  40 (9F) 

b g Eddington - Serene Nobility (His Majesty)

C
5 11-5
125
5 11-5
125

Useful on Flat and has quickly got the hang of hurdling, readily landing odds in novices around here and Wetherby. Another success on the level last time and can't be ruled out.

Useful on Flat and has quickly got the hang of hurdling, readily landing odds in novices around here and Wetherby. Another success on the level last time and can't be ruled out.

4
22311
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Light blue, brown hoop (Miss Jane Buchanan)

Tap Night (USA)  31 

ch g Pleasant Tap - Day Mate (Dayjur)

5 11-5
132
5 11-5
132

Placed first 3 starts over hurdles in summer but back from break much improved, winning handicap at Carlisle in November and novice at Newcastle last month. Another who has yet to hit his peak.

Placed first 3 starts over hurdles in summer but back from break much improved, winning handicap at Carlisle in November and novice at Newcastle last month. Another who has yet to hit his peak.

5
1
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Yellow, royal blue seams, grey sleeves, royal blue seams, royal blue cap (Mr T G Leslie)

Ubaltique (FR)  41 

b g Balko - Ode Antique (Subotica)

4 11-0
-
4 11-0
-

French import who was impressive in winning debut at Pau in January and has since joined top connections. One to take very seriously indeed.

French import who was impressive in winning debut at Pau in January and has since joined top connections. One to take very seriously indeed.

6
633211
iT
Red, black chevrons, grey sleeves, red cap (Drew & Ailsa Russell)

Lucia Bay 26 

ch m Karinga Bay - Lucia Forte (Neltino)

7 10-12
125
7 10-12
125

Took a while to fully get to grips with hurdling, but she's there now and has won her last 2 starts against her own sex. This will require a good bit more, and yard has better hope with Tap Night.

Took a while to fully get to grips with hurdling, but she's there now and has won her last 2 starts against her own sex. This will require a good bit more, and yard has better hope with Tap Night.

Verdict

Captain Conan was disappointing in the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown last month following his short-head triumph in the Tolworth at Sandown and, with that in mind, it could pay to side with TAP NIGHT. Lucinda Russell and Peter Buchanan landed this pot last year with Bold Sir Brian and their son of Pleasant Tap can continue on an upward curve having taken his form to a new level with impressive wins at Carlisle and Newcastle this winter. Into Wain boasts winning form at the track and is another for the shortlist.

Verdict

An intriguing event featuring a clutch of novices who've yet to show their all, and with Captain Conan having a question mark against his name following Leopardstown, the strong temptation is to side with Ubaltique such was the impression he created at Pau. He's since joined Donald McCain and looks to be very exciting indeed. Tap Night could be best of the remainder.

16:10 Kelso 3 Mar 2012

Totepool.com Premier Chase (Class 2) (5YO plus)

Winner £12,512 - 5 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

2m 6f 110y

Good (Good to Soft in places)

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116F-1R
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Red, white spots, red sleeves, white cap (Martin Landau & Jonathan Duffy)

Master Of The Hall (IRE)  56 

b g Saddlers' Hall - Frankly Native (Be My Native)

8 11-8
148
8 11-8
148

All chase wins in small-field conditions events, impressive in 25f contest at Aintree in December. Found nothing and well beaten when refusing last at Sandown but no surprise to see him bounce back.

All chase wins in small-field conditions events, impressive in 25f contest at Aintree in December. Found nothing and well beaten when refusing last at Sandown but no surprise to see him bounce back.

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22-3711
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Red, mauve chevron, mauve and red quartered cap (Mr P Nelson)

According To Pete 42 

b g Accordion - Magic Bloom (Full of Hope)

CD
11 11-4
147
11 11-4
147

Better than ever this season, winning Rowland Meyrick and Peter Marsh under same rider. Drops back in trip against some smart rivals here and less testing conditions possibly not ideal.

Better than ever this season, winning Rowland Meyrick and Peter Marsh under same rider. Drops back in trip against some smart rivals here and less testing conditions possibly not ideal.

3
11/1121-
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Emerald green and yellow (quartered), white sleeves and cap (Mr Trevor Hemmings)

BallaBriggs (IRE)  329 

b g Presenting - Papoose (Little Bighorn)

D
11 11-4
160
11 11-4
160

Last season's Grand National hero who had been beaten in this race the previous month. Clearly has Aintree as his main target again and may need this to put him spot on for repeat bid.

Last season's Grand National hero who had been beaten in this race the previous month. Clearly has Aintree as his main target again and may need this to put him spot on for repeat bid.

4
31P/FP3
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Dark blue, white diamond, white and dark blue striped sleeves, dark blue and white check cap (Mrs S Johnson)

Abbeybraney (IRE)  26 

b g Moonax - Balliniska Beauty (Roselier)

11 10-12
128
11 10-12
128

Only seen 4 times since winning novice for Howard Johnson in December 2009, shaping well in 25f Ayr handicap last month on debut for present stable. Needs to build on that in this grade.

Only seen 4 times since winning novice for Howard Johnson in December 2009, shaping well in 25f Ayr handicap last month on debut for present stable. Needs to build on that in this grade.

5
P655-4P
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Light blue, red chevrons, white sleeves, light blue cap, red star (The Good To Soft Firm)

Waterski 153 

b g Petoski - Celtic Waters (Celtic Cone)

C
11 10-12
61
11 10-12
61

Modest handicap chaser at best who was last of 5 in this 12 months ago and similar scenario on the cards.

Modest handicap chaser at best who was last of 5 in this 12 months ago and similar scenario on the cards.

Verdict

A slick jumper and dour stayer, Ballabriggs is one of the most popular chasers in training at present, having landed an emotional victory in last year's Grand National for Donald McCain. The 11-year-old's season has been geared around a successful defence of his Aintree crown, however, and after his trainer stated last week his charge would strip fitter for the run, the percentage call is to oppose him in a race he was turned over in at odds on last season. The quirky Master Of The Hall failed to complete on his latest start at Sandown and the vote goes to ACCORDING TO PETE at his expense. Malcolm Jefferson's charge has taken his form to a new level this term, backing up his Rowland Meyrick success by landing the Grade 2 Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock when last sighted. Although he may ideally prefer a bit of cut in the ground, the selection's class could see him through.

Verdict

Grand National winner Ballabriggs was nailed late on in this 12 months ago and it could be that he'll prove vulnerable again, particularly after his absence, Master of The Hall the one most likely to take advantage of any lack of fitness on his part.

16:45 Kelso 3 Mar 2012

Canal Challenge Hunters' Chase (Class 6) (5YO plus)

Winner £1,248 - 9 run - Draw Advantage: None

6

2m 6f 110y

Good (Good to Soft in places)

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2-1235P
iT
Scarlet, blue sleeves and collar, blue cap, green hoop (Mr Nicholas Alexander)

Commercial Express (IRE)  17 

b g Oscar - Biddy Earley (Black Minstrel)

11 12-0
95
11 12-0
95

Has good record at Perth, but temperament often gets the better of him, and little encouragement to take from last month's run here.

Has good record at Perth, but temperament often gets the better of him, and little encouragement to take from last month's run here.

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41P/43-2
iT
Red, dark blue epaulets, dark blue sleeves, emerald green armlets, emerald green cap (Mr N Mechie)

Kildonnan 14 

b g Bob's Return - Celtic Tore (Torus)

D
13 12-0
109
13 12-0
109

Lightly-raced stayer. Runner-up in point last month having left Jim Old, and one of the likelier sorts if mood takes him now tackling hunter chase for first time.

Lightly-raced stayer. Runner-up in point last month having left Jim Old, and one of the likelier sorts if mood takes him now tackling hunter chase for first time.

3
57-2222
iT
Red, white hoop, red sleeves, white spots, quartered cap (Mrs S J Stilgoe)

Spellchecker (IRE)  16 

ch g Alderbrook - Auntie Sally (Bob Back)

8 12-0 t
106
8 12-0 t
106

Won 2½m maiden chase at Sedgefield in 2010 for Howard Johnson. Runner-up in hunter chases last 2 starts 9 months apart but finishing effort often leaves something to be desired.

Won 2½m maiden chase at Sedgefield in 2010 for Howard Johnson. Runner-up in hunter chases last 2 starts 9 months apart but finishing effort often leaves something to be desired.

4
P35-P44
T
Dark blue and red (halved), checked sleeves and cap (Mrs Clare Moore)

Coole Murphy (IRE)  20 

b g Humbel - Coole Jasmine (Good Thyne)

8 11-10
-
8 11-10
-

Poor maiden pointer who faces stiff task now tackling a hunter chase.

Poor maiden pointer who faces stiff task now tackling a hunter chase.

5
U2-4421
iT
Red, grey stars, grey sleeves, red stars (Mr M Clementson)

Harmony Brig (IRE)  20 

ch g Accordion - Bridges Daughter (Montelimar)

C
13 11-10
109
13 11-10
109

Talented but ungenuine performer who has gone the wrong way under Rules in recent seasons. At least got back on the scoresheet between the flags last month, but risky all the same.

Talented but ungenuine performer who has gone the wrong way under Rules in recent seasons. At least got back on the scoresheet between the flags last month, but risky all the same.

6
2352P/U
iT
Yellow, black and yellow halved sleeves, black cap (Mr I A Duncan)

Inverlochy Lad (IRE)  18 

b g Mister Lord - Brogue Melody (King's Ride)

11 11-10
99
11 11-10
99

Point winner who showed fair form in chases a couple of years ago but failed to get beyond the first in recent Ayr hunter on return from 21 months off.

Point winner who showed fair form in chases a couple of years ago but failed to get beyond the first in recent Ayr hunter on return from 21 months off.

7
6-7UP77
iT
Royal blue and white check, hooped sleeves (Ms Jackie Williamson)

Montauk Highway (IRE)  6 

b g Beneficial - Petted Slave (Sandalay)

9 11-10
99
9 11-10
99

Point winner who showed bits over fences in 2009/10, but little to recommend him since, largely well beaten between the flags of late.

Point winner who showed bits over fences in 2009/10, but little to recommend him since, largely well beaten between the flags of late.

8
9P7/2-RF
iT
Black, red hoops, halved sleeves (Mr Graeme Vipond)

Nevertika (FR)  17 

b g Subotica - Griotte de Coddes (Silver Rainbow)

11 11-10
115
11 11-10
115

Runner-up in handicap hurdle here final start for James Ewart in April 2010, but refused to race in a point for new yard and was well held when falling 2 out in hunter last month.

Runner-up in handicap hurdle here final start for James Ewart in April 2010, but refused to race in a point for new yard and was well held when falling 2 out in hunter last month.

9
151UF-2
iT
White, black sleeves and star on cap (Mrs Sue Taylor)

Rakerin Lad (IRE)  41 

b g New Frontier - Lotta (Sharifabad)

9 11-10
-
9 11-10
-

Winning pointer who was runner-up when last seen in that sphere in January. Two previous efforts in hunter chases amount to little, though.

Winning pointer who was runner-up when last seen in that sphere in January. Two previous efforts in hunter chases amount to little, though.

Verdict

Spellchecker has been running to a fair level of consistency in this sphere lately and holds fair claims on the back of a respectable Musselburgh second latest. Preference, however, is for KILDONNAN, whose last run under Rules came in a relatively strong Wetherby contest, albeit 12 months ago, and who recently advertised his wellbeing with a creditable point-to-point second. Now operating at this level, the selection must be considered a danger to all. Harmony Brig is another returning from a productive spell between the flags and is also worth considering.

Verdict

Kildonnan showed his well-being between the flags last month and could prove a safer selection than the ungenuine Harmony Brig despite that one's recent pointing success. Spellchecker ought to reach the frame again.

17:20 Kelso 3 Mar 2012

Bet Totepool Text Tote To 89660 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £2,599 - 11 run - Draw Advantage: None

7

2m 6f 110y

Good (Good to Soft in places)

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Weighed In
No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
2-9632F
iT
Emerald green and yellow (quartered), white sleeves and cap (Mr Trevor Hemmings)

Highrate (IRE)  12 

b g Presenting - Hollygrove Cliche (Classic Cliche)

6 11-12
107
6 11-12
107

Fair form in bumpers last season and placed twice in 17f novice hurdles. Opening mark stiff, though, and easy to back when coming to grief early on last month's handicap debut.

Fair form in bumpers last season and placed twice in 17f novice hurdles. Opening mark stiff, though, and easy to back when coming to grief early on last month's handicap debut.

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2
3727F-7
iT
Light green, dark green chevrons, red sleeves, white and red striped cap (Mr P J Martin)

Shan Blue (IRE)  10 

ch g Anshan - River Runs Blue (Over The River)

7 11-11
106
7 11-11
106

Been held back by jumping in novice hurdles and worrying to see him hang left on last month's belated return at Doncaster. Opening mark looks perfectly fair, however.

Been held back by jumping in novice hurdles and worrying to see him hang left on last month's belated return at Doncaster. Opening mark looks perfectly fair, however.

3
21258P
iT
Black and white check, black sleeves, white armlets (Abbadis Racing Club)

Currahee 81 

b g Efisio - Dixie Favor (Dixieland Band)

D
8 11-10 t
105
8 11-10 t
105

Not the most fluent of jumpers and it was a weak novice chase he won at Hexham in May. Laboured efforts last 2 starts but has dipped in the weights ahead of this return to hurdles.

Not the most fluent of jumpers and it was a weak novice chase he won at Hexham in May. Laboured efforts last 2 starts but has dipped in the weights ahead of this return to hurdles.

4
47-34U4
iT
Purple, white disc, yellow sleeves, purple diamonds, purple and yellow quartered cap (Dan & Michelle Macdonald)

Four Fiddlers (IRE)  26 

br g Accordion - Folle Idee De Luz (Reve Bleu)

7 11-10
105
7 11-10
105

Shaped like a stayer in bumpers and some of his hurdles efforts haven't been without promise. Handicapper doesn't look to have been particularly kind, though.

Shaped like a stayer in bumpers and some of his hurdles efforts haven't been without promise. Handicapper doesn't look to have been particularly kind, though.

5
4-56328
iT
Light blue, red cross belts, black and red hooped sleeves, red cap (Rayson & Susan Nixon)

Political Paddy 12 

b g Vitus - Political Mill (Politico)

CD
10 11-8 p
103
10 11-8 p
103

Dual C&D winner who has dropped to tempting mark and has run well twice this season. Latest effort without usual cheekpieces ignored and wouldn't be biggest surprise to see him pop up.

Dual C&D winner who has dropped to tempting mark and has run well twice this season. Latest effort without usual cheekpieces ignored and wouldn't be biggest surprise to see him pop up.

6
23-4353
iT
Pink, black diamond and armlets, quartered cap (Mr & Mrs Duncan Davidson)

Pyjama Game (IRE)  37 

b g Hernando - Princess Claudia (Kahyasi)

BF
6 11-6
101
6 11-6
101

Placed on all 4 runs in bumpers but not made an especially inspiring start over hurdles, third in 2½m Newcastle handicap last time but again looked laboured. Step up in trip may help.

Placed on all 4 runs in bumpers but not made an especially inspiring start over hurdles, third in 2½m Newcastle handicap last time but again looked laboured. Step up in trip may help.

7
6-553P5
iT
Royal blue, white cross of lorraine, diabolo on sleeves, white cap (Border Thistle Racing)

Master Act (IRE)  12 

br g Act One - Celtic Fling (Lion Cavern)

7 11-5
100
7 11-5
100

Not built on promise of Carlisle third in December since sent handicapping, and hopes rest on step up in trip bringing about some improvement.

Not built on promise of Carlisle third in December since sent handicapping, and hopes rest on step up in trip bringing about some improvement.

8
444-7PP
iT
Black, yellow sash, white cap (Mr & Mrs A M Thomson)

Mini Beck 76 

ch g Meadowbrook - Minibrig (Le Coq d'Or)

13 11-4
99
13 11-4
99

Gone close on several occasions over hurdles, but weak finishing responsible for him remaining a maiden in this sphere. Well below best in 3 runs this season, and easy to look elsewhere.

Gone close on several occasions over hurdles, but weak finishing responsible for him remaining a maiden in this sphere. Well below best in 3 runs this season, and easy to look elsewhere.

9
914-513
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Sundown Trail (IRE)  58 

ch g Old Vic - Mary's View (Phardante)

BF
7 11-3
98
7 11-3
98

Improved when winning 21f handicap hurdle at Sedgefield in December and not discredited in warmer race there a month later. Everything points to a good showing with McCoy booked.

Improved when winning 21f handicap hurdle at Sedgefield in December and not discredited in warmer race there a month later. Everything points to a good showing with McCoy booked.

10
P40-5U3
iT
Royal blue, white hoops, royal blue cap, white star (Mr R Shiels)

Glaced Over 298 

br m Overbury - Brun Bess (Glacial Storm)

7 10-13
94
7 10-13
94

Sketchy jumper who posted one of her better efforts when last seen at Sedgefield in May, but overall profile patchy and looks up against it.

Sketchy jumper who posted one of her better efforts when last seen at Sedgefield in May, but overall profile patchy and looks up against it.

11
1P/0832-
iT
Dark blue, yellow cross belts, hooped sleeves, yellow cap (Mr Maurice Chapman)

Browneyes Blue (IRE)  586 

b g Satco - Bawnard Lady (Ragapan)

D
14 10-11
92
14 10-11
92

Won 3 times over hurdles in early-2007/8. Very lightly raced, and though he showed he was no lost cause when runner-up over fences in July 2010, has again been absent since.

Won 3 times over hurdles in early-2007/8. Very lightly raced, and though he showed he was no lost cause when runner-up over fences in July 2010, has again been absent since.

Verdict

Sundown Trail failed to justify favouritism when turned over at Sedgefield in January and, off the same mark again, may be worth taking on with PYJAMA GAME, who was outpaced when staying on into third over 2m4f at Newcastle last time and is expected to be suited by this stiffer test. Browneyes Blue is one to monitor in the market as he returns from a prolonged absence and has slipped down the weights to a workable mark.

Verdict

Sundown Trail is going the right way and can notch up another success. Political Paddy has dropped in the weights and could return to form with usual cheekpieces refitted, while Shan Blue should be up to making an impact in handicaps if brushing up his jumping.

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