Kelso – 5:07 pm
LATE ROMANTIC (5.07) is well worth waiting for in the closing 2m 7f veterans’ handicap chase at Kelso.
Oliver Greenall’s ten-year-old has been keeping much better company, underlined by his respectable fourth to Lord Du Mesnil in the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock. Late Romantic was the only other horse left standing when chasing home The Hollow Ginge at Leicester last time and he ran into the smart De Rasher Counter when second at Uttoxeter last March. Cheek-pieces are applied today.
Likely favourite Ask The Weatherman owed much to some precision jumping when scoring at Plumpton and that will stand him in good stead on the heavy ground he relishes.
Kelso – 2.45pm
Paul Nicholls regularly cleans up on his Scottish raids and CALVA D’AUGE (2.45) can justify the trip north. The five-year-old could hardly arrive in better form ahead of the feature William Hill Premier Novices’ Hurdle, rattling off victories at Wincanton and Plumpton on soft ground after being outclassed by Fiddleronthehoof in the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown in early January.
Clondaw Caitlin has won her last three for Ruth Jefferson and the mare rates a threat in receipt of her 7lb sex allowance. Multellie has plenty to find on official figures but is a strong stayer under testing conditions.
Kelso – 2.12pm
Nicholls fields Moabit in the 2m 1f handicap chase but the gelding will need to step up on his third of four at Plumpton. This shorter trip will help but DALI MAIL (2.12) is fancied to resume winning ways after falling four out at Ayr last time. He won on chasing debut at Newcastle in December and handles a quagmire.
Albert’s Back split First Flow and the disappointing Muratello at Leicester and this dual Wetherby hurdles winner should go well. Lucinda Russell has her team in great nick and Looks Like Murt has the form to go very close if punters are willing to overlook his costly jumping errors this season. He was most impressive when romping home here on chasing debut in October.
Kelso – 3.57pm
The Russell yard is represented in the 2m 6f Timeform Handicap Hurdle by BIALCO (3.57). The grey was a handsome winner over course and distance in December and it is probably wise to forgive a below-par effort behind The Con Man now that the stable is backfiring on all cylinders. Favourite Black Pirate has won four of his five races for James Ewart, all over two miles, and he edged out Ebony Jewel by a neck after a good old scrap here at the end of January. Kalaharry scored at Ayr’s New Year fixture and has gone up 4lb for running second to Olly Murphy’s Perfect Man.
Kelso – 4.32pm
DUNLY (4.32) may have found the race coming too soon when running poorly under a 7lb penalty at Newcastle last time but a 32-day break should have freshened him up. Brian Hughes gets a good tune out of Dunly and this previous Ayr and Newcastle winner has sound prospects in the 2m 1f handicap chase.