By Brian Hughes
I’m off to Scotland with six rides at Kelso today for a change of air and hopefully some luck.
Flemens Story, a winning Irish pointer, has performed reasonably well in three hurdling starts, including a runner-up finish last time out at Sedgefield 22 days ago.
He needs another step forward to get the better of Sam’s Adventure and Thelongwayaround.
Amilliontimes has yet to recapture the glory days of 2016 when he notched up a chasing four-timer.
He put in a reasonable performance for me at Perth in late September finishing third, beaten by under five lengths.
He is on a good mark and on his best form has an each-way chance.
Geronimo and Calivigny look the main rivals.
Secret Escape, a winner of a hurdle and two bumpers, had an off day for me on her latest outing at Carlisle 27 days ago, finishing well down the field.
She is a genuine consistent type and I expect her to bounce back and put in a better run today.
Bottom weight Sarvi on handicap debut ran well last time and could be the danger.
Charmant, a winner of three under rules, got off the mark on chasing debut for me at Sedgefield in early November, jumping well and coming home thirteen lengths ahead.
He returns after a nice break and a repeat show would give him an excellent chance today.
Tayzar won over course and distance last month and is the one to beat.
Goldencard won over hurdles for me here at the end of October following two placed runs in bumpers.
He disappointed last day at Carlisle but a return to previous course form would put him right in contention today.
Handicap debutant Raecius Felix may be the danger.
Shades Of Midnight, a winner of four hurdles, was just touched off, beaten half a length, by Paisley Park at Haydock 35 days ago.
The form has been franked as the victor won the Long Walk at Ascot last Saturday.
My horse reverts to chasing and a similar performance should allow him shade this three-runner affair.