13:05 Kelso Sun 9 December 2018

  • Persimmon Homes Scottish Borders National Handicap Chase (Class 3)
  • 4m 90y, Good to Soft
  • 16 Runners
  • Winner£31,320.002nd£9,197.003rd£4,598.004th£2,299.005th£450.006th£450.007th£450.008th£450.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:8m 34.1sOff time:13:05:48
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1
611-12OR: 140
10/3

Has reverted to chasing this season after spending the 2017/18 campaign over hurdles; debatable whether or not he stays this marathon trip; weakened when finishing 10L fifth to Rock The Kasbah in the Grade 3 Bet Victor Chase (Cheltenham) latest.

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2
1011-5OR: 133
22/1

Stayed on strongly when beating Knockanrawley by 4L in the 2017 Eider Chase (4m); game runner-up in the Midlands Grand National a few weeks later but well below-par since; runner-up on both previous visits to Kelso (in novice hurdles).

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3
711-5OR: 133BFC
10/1

Useful hurdler who seemingly lacks a change of gear over fences (stays 3m in heavy ground); well worth trying over a more extreme trip, but fair to acknowledge that others are possibly better treated; 1-1 at Kelso (over hurdles).

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4
911-5OR: 133
20/1

Dour stayer who took the 2018 Devon National (Exeter) by 2L in February (3m6f, soft) and has acquitted himself creditably in stronger races since; caught out by the much discussed Haydock fences on his seasonal reappearance.

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5
911-5OR: 133C
8/1

Stablemate of Progress Drive; 2-3 at Kelso previously and would've won the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh (4m1f, soft) in February but for swerving left and unseating his rider at the final fence; competes wearing first time cheekpieces.

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6
811-4OR: 132
28/1

4-18 over fences and generally most effective on a sound surface (good); placed on a couple of recent starts without looking the most straightforward of horses; stamina to prove definitively (unseated rider in the 3m5f Durham National latest).

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7
911-4OR: 132
12/1

Talented hurdler once upon a time, runner-up to Thousand Stars in a 3m Grade 1 at Auteuil in November 2015; hasn't quite got his act together over fences despite competing in races such as the Kim Muir and the Cross Country Chase (Cheltenham).

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8
1011-2OR: 130BF
13/2

Stays well in soft ground (3m5f winner at Warwick in March 2017); 5-21 over fences, but his best effort came in defeat to Baywing (beaten 4L) in the Eider Chase in February; 2lb higher wearing first time blinkers; fit from a hurdles spin.

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9
911-1OR: 129
14/1

Has mixed hurdling with chasing since winning the Edinburgh National (4m1f) at Musselburgh in February 2017; handily weighted off a 2lb lower mark and has drying conditions in his favour; low-key comeback run in the 3m1f Badger Ales Trophy.

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10
810-9OR: 123
8/1

11lb higher than when a decisive winner at Haydock (3m5f, soft) in March, but there's no denying that he's stamina laden and open to further improvement after just eight starts over fences; possible player if handling this sharper track.

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11
1310-5OR: 119CD
16/1

Veteran and hugely emotional winner of this race in 2016 (good to soft); steadily sliding back to a more competitive mark and a recent run at Carlisle can't have done him any harm whatsoever; will still probably find a few stronger today.

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12
810-5OR: 119C
20/1

Former French racer who has been raced sparingly in recent times; all the way winner in truly desperate conditions at Newcastle (3m) in April; 9lb higher at a track where his overall record is 21P (2m5f-2m7f+); stamina unproven.

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13
1310-3OR: 117C
16/1

Veteran who seemingly isn't the force of old these days (7-39 over fences) but has fallen sharply down the weights accordingly; solid around Kelso - finished 5L second to Harry The Viking in this race in 2016 (now 15lb lower).

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14
1010-2OR: 116CD
7/1

At her very best at this track over hurdles (form figures here since late 2015; 161132) and finally found her groove over fences when hacking up at Hexham (4m, soft) last month; discount at your peril despite the 10lb higher mark.

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15
910-1OR: 115C
33/1

3lb higher than when gamely fending off Chidswell here in January (3m, soft); worth a go over further, but the suspicion is that he'll find this much stronger field overly taxing.

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16
1210-0OR: 110C
66/1

Without a win since April 2017 this admirable front-running veteran of such stamina sapping races (2015 North Yorkshire National winner, 2013 & 2014 Borders National runner-up) sadly appears to be on the decline; NR at Hexham last month (soft).

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Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Calett Mad (10/3), West Of The Edge (13/2), Total Assets (7/1), Zerachiel (8/1), Looking Well (8/1), Progress Drive (10/1), Aubusson (12/1), Dancing Shadow (14/1), Harry The Viking (16/1), Carrigdhoun (16/1), Dawson City (20/1), Ascot De Bruyere (20/1), Mysteree (22/1), Easy Street (28/1), Bright Prospect (33/1), Scotswell (66/1)

Verdict

An absolutely blinding renewal of the Borders National, with a 16-strong field that will delight both the Kelso executive and their regular hardy racegoers. Progressive types in the line-up include the Haydock winner Zerachiel, the course specialist Total Assets who was re-energised by tackling such a marathon trip at Hexham recently and the selection WEST OF THE EDGE. Others worthy of each-way consideration at more sizeable odds include the dour stayer Dawson City, the seemingly luckless Looking Well and the good ground dependent Dancing Shadow. However, returning from a recent hurdles spin, the vote goes to the gallant 2018 Eider Chase runner-up.
  1. West Of The Edge
  2. Total Assets
  3. Dawson City

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