DEMOCRATIC OATH (4.10) goes handicapping under top weight but can still do the business at Kelso.
Placed twice in Ayr bumpers for Gordon Elliott, the gelding has shown steady improvement for Keith Dalgleish, and last month’s Sedgefield victory could hardly have worked out better, with runner-up Sambezi landing a maiden hurdle at Fontwell and third-home Moonlight Bean winning his next two races. The track was riding deep at Sedgefield but there is no reason to think Democratic Oath won’t handle today’s quicker underfoot conditions.
Fisher Green impressed when scoring at Wetherby but flopped at Musselburgh three days later. That run may have come too soon and he isn’t discarded. Iain Jardine’s Animore was a Bangor winner on good ground last summer and it will be interesting to see how she goes in the betting.
Fantastic Rock was a heavily-backed runner-up at Newcastle yesterday and would be of keen interest if turning up.
NOT THE CHABLIS (3.05) is usually to be found successfully strutting his stuff at Musselburgh but he ran third in a novice hurdle on his only other visit to Kelso, so should handle the track okay in the 2m 5f handicap chase. Hitman Fred accounted for 13-year-old Damiens Dilemma here 20 days ago and should confirm places.