By Brian Hughes
I have six booked rides at Kelso today and hopefully a winner or two.
Cool Mix, a dual hurdle winner, was successful for me at the track in January.
He performed well on chasing debut when I was on board at Wetherby 24 days ago and I expect him to improve for the run and go close in today’s four runner event.
French import Horst, on his first run here, has considerable experience and success in chases and rates the danger.
Craig Star is a winner of four hurdles, two of them at the Kelso track in October 2017 and January this year.
He has been out of form in five runs since but hinted at possible improvement last time at Carlisle finishing eighth of 18.
He probably needed his comeback run and should put in a much better performance today racing off a good mark.
Jack Devine, going well this year, is the main opponent.
Shanroe In Milan returns after a 203-day break in this five-runner chase.
He won for me over three miles at Doncaster in January and will handle the trip and the going. He has every chance if fully fit for his comeback run.
Fixed Rate beat a horse of mine at Huntington and may get in the way again.
Monsieur Co, a chase and hurdles winner, has his first run for the Dalgleish stable, having moved from Paul Nicholls.
He has disappointed in his five chase starts over the last twelve months and needs to be transformed by the 200-day break and the change of scenery.
He races in a much lower grade and I expect him to show improved form.
Halcyon Days won well at Carlisle 23 days ago and could be the chief threat along with last year’s winner Chain Of Beacons.
Viserion, a winner of three hurdles in 2017, has his first run following wind surgery.
He has underperformed in his last two outings when I was in the saddle and needs to bounce back to the form of last year to get into contention.
Night In Milan, on a hat-trick mission and Court Dreaming look the form choices.
Glorious Lady, an Irish Point winner for Gavin Cromwell, has her first run under rules for the Dalgleish yard in the concluding bumper.
The stable is in excellent form and I am looking forward to the ride.
Summer Lightning won her only start and, despite a penalty may be the main rival.