December 29th, 2018

Brian’s Blog: A Busy Day at Kelso

By Brian Hughes


I’m off to Scotland with six rides at Kelso today for a change of air and hopefully some luck.


11:45 – 2m6½f Maiden Hurdle

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.


12:15 – 3m2f Handicap Chase

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.


12:50 – 2m2f Handicap Hurdle

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.


1:25 – 2m1f Handicap Chase

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.


2:00 – 2m Novices’ Hurdle

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.


2:35 – 2m6½f Novices’ Chase

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.


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