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  • #1512671
    Venture to Cognac
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    Always like a go in this, and looks as tough as ever…

    https://www.racingpost.com/racecards/27/kelso/2020-12-06/769490

    https://www.oddschecker.com/horse-racing/ante-post-racing/national-hunt/scottish-borders-national-handicap-chase-/winner

    Bigirononhiships was an impressive winner last year, and though the rise in the weights is tough, he did win very well last year, has a run under his belt, and no doubt trained specifically for this.

    Yard has a decent record in this, and though Duc De Grissay was on my shortlist for this, he was behind three or four stablemates in the pecking order. His win here in March though is enough to advertise his claims though, and his run in The Durham National should put him spot on.

    Coole Hall is a very interesting one coming back over the larger obstacles, and he should have plenty in his favour here. I’d almost certainly bet him Antepost, but will yard send two here? High on the shortlist though.

    Donna’s Diamond is harder to recommend, but I can see a big run here. I could see price holding though, and maybe one for the extra places on the day.

    Duc De Grissay the #1, but it’s a shortlist of three right now….

    Duc De Grissay
    Coole Hall
    Donna’s Diamond

    #1512951
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    Donna’s Diamond not declared, so I’ll stick with Coole Hall and Duc De Grissay.

    Duc De Grissay 8’s
    Coole Hall 25’s

    #1512976
    robnorth
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    I have the following top 5 clear of the rest:

    Duc De Grissay 150
    Coole Hall 148
    Red Giant 148
    Dino Boy 147
    Bigironohhiship 145

    My choices from those five would be:
    DUC DE GRISSAY – Sandy Thomson monopolised for a few years and sets one up for this BIGIRONONHISHIP – Ground down the opposition to win this last year, clearly difficult to keep race ready but promising on return here last time.

    #1513002
    He Didnt Like Ground
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    This is Thomson,s back garden , I could see either winning but from a hcap point of view I’ve got to go Duc de Grissay to , boring but he looks a plot job esp after that last run

    #1513075
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    Good news is that it’s forecast to be cloudy so we won’t have one of these farcical races Kelso specialise in when it’s sunny.

    I was there last year to see Bigirononhiship win. He has a big chance of repeating but he doesn’t stand a lot of racing and I think this a better race than last year.

    If Looking Well doesn’t bounce after his first run for 600 days he could have an each way chance.

    Ps, I hope ITV show this race with Huntingdon being off.

    #1513124
    robnorth
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    Patriot

    This race was scheduled on ITV anyway alongside the Paris Pike Novices’ Chase. The latter normally produces a decent performer or two but the best this year are round the 130 mark.

    I was hoping maybe there would be an extra race or from Kelso but looks as if they favour Punchestown and Cork. One of my favourite meetings of the season and I pity it’s behind closed doors. Not sure there will be crowds at Scottish events before spring.

    #1513353
    All Jeff
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    I think that 12-1 is a fair price for One Of Us here. I’m hopeful that the headgear, and a positive ride from Scu will make a difference to him.

    #1513355
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    If that last race is anything to go by its going to be a tough watch ….going up and down on the spot , might want a light weight here , I’ve already backed Thomson horse but ill go e.w dino trail , even old nakadam might run ok , he stays longer than the mother in law

    #1513356
    DBRDBR
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    Iwilldoit at 8/1 for me. Not a lot of experience over fences, but he could be a real stayer and still improving. His only start over fences was here at Kelso (win).

    #1513357
    peter .h
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    Just Your Type in good heart and 1lb lower than last year’s runner up mark is worth a go.

    #1513363
    He Didnt Like Ground
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    That,ll do to end the day

    #1513367
    Venture to Cognac
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    Well done HDLG

    #1513375
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    Couple of iffy jumps but he stayed on well , I think he still would have won even if Thomson’s horse hadn’t slipped on landing , Anderson green loves the Scot nat meeting so surely this lad will be aimed at Scot nat at some point , bought out of twiston Davies yard for £15000 ….I think they.ll do nicely with him

    #1513376
    moehat
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    Ian Jardine is a trainer [like Sandy Thompson] that can find improvement in horses he buys. At least, that’s what I was told a few years ago.

    #1513378
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    He is moet , let’s face it even in the current climate £15000 for a young chaser is peanuts , they,ll make plenty off him if he stays fit

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