HIGHWAY COMPANION (2.50) is an interesting hurdling recruit for Keith Dalgleish on Sunday’s Kelso card.
He showed definite promise in bumpers, most notably when a close second to Kim Bailey’s Mr Grey Sky on deep ground at Haydock in late December and this is the ideal starting point. Kaizer mopped up a poor event at Musselburgh last Sunday and scored at Perth this summer. Alistair Whillans has him in top form.
LE MILOS (3.50) is a fairly solid fancy in the 2m 5f Novices’ Hurdle. He spearheads a strong Tim Vaughan raiding party and scored here last month. Le Milos made hard work of it that day but will be more at home of this softer ground. Sidi Ismael was a winning bumper horse for the Dalgleish operation last season and could go well.
Vaughan saddles NORWEGIAN WOODS (5.30) with prospects in the 16-runner finale, a 2m 5f handicap hurdle for conditional jockeys. His six-year-old has been dropped 3lb following a fourth over 2m 7f at Uttoxeter last month and Charlie Price takes off 6lb.
Danboru is another Vaughan hopeful, this time in the 2m 7f Novices’ Handicap Chase. However, he has been beaten at Worcester and Fontwell off his new mark since scoring at Perth in July and LOOKS LIKE MURT (4.20) can make a winning chasing debut for Lucinda Russell. Her gelding shaped well when third at Ayr in February and improved again when runner-up in a decent novices’ hurdle at Newcastle in April.
WHISKEY AND WATER (2.20) ran well when fourth to Just Hubert on the Flat at Musselburgh last month and Brian Ellison pitches his three-year-old into a handicap hurdle against older rivals. His gelding scored at Market Rasen in June and is worth chancing on this softer going. Micky Hammond’s ex-French recruit Maison D’Or wasn’t disgraced in maiden company at Cartmel and a market move would send out the right signals on handicap debut.
Enable can create history by landing her third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and in the process provide Frankie Dettori with an incredible seventh victory in Europe’s premier middle-distance race. No horse has won three Arcs, and she should cope with the testing ground okay, but 4-7 isn't a working man's price.
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