Kelso

  • 14:20 John Smith's Scottish Borders National Handicap Chase4m

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 9m 8.34s
  • Off time: 14:20:29
14:20 Kelso Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st L'Aventure (FR) 5/1
2nd Bold Ransom (IRE) 11/2
3rd Royal Mackintosh 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 8/2412-3 Red, White braces, Royal Blue sleeves Morgan Be 15
9 11-12 Mrs K Walton R McGrath 133 6/17.00
2 1/3321-4 WHITE, red spots, red cap Bold Ransom (IRE) 27
Course Winner
7 11-11 K G Reveley J Reveley 132 11/26.50
3 1933-12 Dark Blue, Grey stars, Grey sleeves, Dark Blue stars Jaunty Journey 8
6 11-7 N A Twiston-Davies T Molloy (5) 128 9/110.00
4 2F70-29 ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Poker De Sivola (FR) 36
6 11-6 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 127 11/26.50
5 PP56/33 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Royal Rosa (FR) 14
10 11-5 J Howard Johnson D F O'Regan 126 8/19.00
6 F536-72 Red and Yellow diamonds, White cap L'Aventure (FR) 21
10 10-11 Nick Williams D A Jacob 118 5/16.00
8 41256-1 BLACK, WHITE sleeves, WHITE cap, BLACK spots Royal Mackintosh 27
8 10-6 A H Mactaggart B P Harding 113 6/17.00
9 7113-11 Red, Beige sash, Emerald Green sleeves, Beige and Emerald Green quartered cap Garleton (IRE) 16
Course Winner
8 10-6 Mrs S J Smith Tjade Collier 113 6/17.00
10 0P4-15R Black, White star, Yellow sleeves, Black stars, Yellow cap Lucky Nellerie (FR) 56
Course Winner
10 10-4 Ferdy Murphy K Mercer 111 16/117.00
Non runners
71453-11Justwhateverulike (IRE)810-7Miss S E ForsterT Messenger114

Verdict

ROYAL ROSA is our call in the feature of the day but he will be pushed all the way by Morgan Be and Jaunty Journey. Howard Johnson's chaser has been notably fragile throughout his career though it could be argued that off his current mark of 126, and with staying not an issue, he is the ideal candidate for this marathon slog. Morgan Be will have found three miles around Haydock Park at the minimum of his capabilities. Granted, he is 6lb higher than when second in the Eider Chase at Newcastle but he is a proven stayer at a high level of competition. Jaunty Journey represents a yard that are noted for their exploits in staying handicaps. There is a fair chance that he will be capable of securing a front running role in this contest. Ferdy Murphy is no stranger to big race glory so Poker De Sivola is one to take notice of if the market starts to speak in his favour. Bold Ransom was predictably outclassed at Carlisle though his price in the market would shorten drastically were Money Trix to oblige earlier on in the card. Course specialist, Justwhateverulike, would be the one for romantic punters. Connections could not have chosen a more difficult engagement in their bid to land a three-timer. A competitive enough betting medium for punters to get involved with and Royal Rosa has the chance to finally pick up the valuable prize that he has often promised.