Procession of stars will be on parade for Kelso's richest-ever races

Dual champion Hurdler Buveur d’Air is just one of a host of stars on parade for tomorrow’s (Saturday) £262,000 card at Kelso – the richest-ever stayed at the the Borders venue, which celebrates its bicentenary in September.

By Ralph Mellon
Friday, 4th March 2022, 2:15 pm
Updated Friday, 4th March 2022, 2:54 pm
A great afternoon of racing is in prospect at Kelso on Saturday, live on ITV

Trained by Nicky Henderson and carrying the famous green and gold colours of J. P. McManus, he faces some top quality rivals in the £100,000 bet365 Morebattle Hurdle, a race his Berkshire trainer has landed three times.

Once more, reports Gordon Brown, there will be a £100,000 bonus, scooped last year by The Shunter, should the winner go on to win, a hurdle or a chase, at the Cheltenham Festival.

Set to shoulder top-weight of 11st 12lb, Nico de Boinville-ridden Buveur d’Air takes on some classy opposition, including Harry Fry’s Metier, a Grade 1 novice winner, and Favoir, who was third in last year’s Morebattle Hurdle for Dan and Harry Skelton.

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The supporting races feature the Grade 2 bet365 Premier Novices’ Hurdle and the Listed bet365 Premier Chase, both worth £50,000.

North Lodge, unbeaten in two starts over timber including in this company, is a first runner at Kelso for Scots-born Wiltshire handler Alan King in the Premier Hurdle.

Olly Murphy-trained Itchy Feet, a Grade 1 winner over fences in 2020, takes on the likes of Kim Bailey’s Espoir de Romay in the Premier Chase.