A few favoured runners today at Kelso

With the gates set to open at 11.30am today (Monday), Lake View Lad is the class act at Kelso as his Grand National preparations see him switch back over timber in the £20,000 feature race.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 10:05 am
Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson (library picture)

The 10-year-old currently has a chase mark of 154 but Nick Alexander’s Kinneston raider, who was pulled up in last season’s Aintree marathon, is top weight on 149 in the William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap Hurdle under his regular jockey, Henry Brooke.

Alexander, who was supervising his runners across the River Tweed from Kelso racecourse at Friars Haugh point to point yesterday, said: “We’re going back over hurdles to protect his mark with the Grand National weights in mind.

“To be fair, there aren’t too many chases about for him at the moment anyway and he seems to be in good form.

“He’s got 11st 12lb on his back and is giving upwards of 18lbs away to five younger rivals, so it’s no easy task. On paper, he looks up against it but you never know and, hopefully, we can find a chase for him before Aintree after this.”

Taking on Lake View Lad, from the opposite end of the weights, is Sandy Thomson’s Mcgowan’s Pass, who has been raised 9lbs for his 14-length romp at Ayr earlier this month.

And another last-time-out winner among the opposition is the Lucinda Russell-trained grey Bialco, a comfortable scorer at Kelso’s final meeting of 2019 in late December for his Scandinavian-based owners, The Vikings.

Today’s racing action at Kelso begins at 1.15pm.