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This five-year-old son of Oscar is a different type of horse that normally run for John Ferguson's Bloomfields operation, having come from the pointing sphere and not a Darley flat-bred. He won a point before being beaten into second in a bumper on debut under Rules behind the useful Kaysersberg last December before missing a year. Last time out he won a bumper at this course in impressive style and the confidence suggests he can carry that form over to obstacles.
Tom George's five-year-old was travelling eye-catchingly well when coming to grief four-out on his Exeter chasing debut in October. Prior to that he won a competitive Cheltenham handicap hurdle on trials' day in January and looks the type to improve for fences. The soft ground should be in his favour and if he has brushed up his jumping then he should be there or thereabouts come the finish.
Stopped Out is becoming a Kelso course specialist, with his last three victories coming at this Scottish venue. Philip Kirby's seven-year-old races off a mark of 120 today, three pounds lower than when last successful here in April of last year. A switch to fences last year proved fruitless, despite some good runs, and his form since returning to hurdles has left plenty to be desired. However, if he shows anything like his old form, then he'll go close on ground that should suit.