14:10 Kelso Sun 9 December 2018

  • Scotty Brand Veterans' Handicap Chase (Last Qualifying Leg Of The 2018 Veterans' Chase Series) (Class 2)
  • 2m 6f 70y, Good to Soft
  • 8 Runners
  • Winner£18,990.002nd£5,610.003rd£2,805.004th£1,404.005th£702.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:5m 40.0sOff time:14:13:19
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1
1111-12OR: 147C
11/1

Very game winner of the 3m3f Grade 3 Bet Victor Chase at Cheltenham in November 2017 (beat Vicente by a neck), but pretty much all downhill since including when falling at the first in the 2018 Grand National; mark gradually easing in a lesser race.

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Beevesb161
1111-12OR: 147D
4/1

Runner-up in the 3m Perth Gold Cup in June (a race that he'd won narrowly in 2017) but has faced the starter only once since when finishing in the ruck in the Listed Summer Cup (3m2f, Uttoxeter); strongest on a sound racing surface.

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3
1011-2OR: 137C
5/1

Enjoyed his best day when beating Double W's by 1½L in a 2m Class 2 Handicap at Doncaster in January 2017 (good); most of his recent racing has come over 2m-2m4f but he does also stay further (runner-up in the 2m7f Listed Premier Chase in 2015).

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4
1010-10OR: 131
2/1

Out of his depth on his first start since wind surgery when left toiling in the 3m5f Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in April; had previously won back-to-back 3m Class 2 races at Exeter (heavy) and Doncaster (good to soft); 5lb above last winning mark.

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5
1010-9OR: 130
12/1

Shown no leniency by the handicapper after finishing just under 3L second to Kimberlite Candy at Ayr (3m, heavy) latest; his previous form at this track stacks up well, including when finishing 4½L third to Vivaldi Collonges in this race in 2015.

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6
1110-5OR: 126C
13/2

Finished in midfield in the 2016 Borders National and whilst his subsequent Kelso form figures read 223 those runs were actually in Hunter Chases; off the track since May and almost certain to find this a tough 'gig' on his seasonal return.

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7
1210-3OR: 124C
10/1

Ready winner of the 2m4f Veterans' race at Newcastle's opening NH fixture last month (good), with that being his second victory in that race in three years; up 5lb; handles Kelso - finished 11L third to Gas Line Boy in this race in 2016.

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9
1110-0OR: 117D
22/1

At his best when allowed an uncontested lead, winning from a similar mark at Perth (3m, soft) in August 2017; not disgraced on return from a 14-month absence at Bangor and could well progress but this is far more competitive.

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Non-Runners

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Samstown228
1110-3OR: 124
T: A C WhillansJ: Craig Nichol

Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Band Of Blood (2/1), Beeves (4/1), Upsilon Bleu (5/1), Cultram Abbey (13/2), Jet Master (10/1), Samstown (10/1), Perfect Candidate (11/1), Silver Tassie (12/1), Valleyofmilan (22/1)

Verdict

An ever popular race in the Borders, the 2018 renewal of the 'Scotty Brand' will no doubt be keenly contested, so few are hastily dismissed. Jet Master took what is fast becoming his race with ease at Newcastle last month and continues to perform consistently well for Team Alexander, whilst 2015 third Silver Tassie should again make the frame for Middleham-handler Micky Hammond. However, we'll take aim at the Dr Richard Newland-trained BAND OF BLOOD. He hasn't really had the chance to prove himself as a stronger horse post wind surgery, and although 5lb above his last winning mark, his mere presence at Kelso is noteworthy (trainer 2-7 here; 29% since 2004).
  1. Band Of Blood
  2. Silver Tassie
  3. Jet Master

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