Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 10:33 13/02/2014
Cleeve Hurdle winner Knockara Beau can follow up his Cheltenham success back over fences in the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase at 3.55 Kelso today.
Former Gold Cup and King George winner Long Run heads the betting at 4/9 with Coral and Betvictor and would be a worthy favourite if running to his best. But this season has been disappointing so far for Nicky Henderson's nine-year-old who was last seen unseating jockey Sam Waley-Cohen when already beaten at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Heez A Steel and Isla Pearl Fisher will be battling to avoid finishing last leaving Knockara Beau as the one worth chancing at best odds 5/2 with 888Sport, while other firms are as short as 2/1.
George Charlton's eleven-year-old lowered the colours of legendary hurdler Big Bucks at Cheltenham last time out with At Fishers Cross also in behind and returns over the larger obstacles to his favoured course today. The selection has never finished further back than third at Kelso, has won here four times from eight starts and was a scorer over track and trip in October.
Knockara Beau won the Cleeve Hurdle with a gutsy display and similar run can be expected today back chasing with another notable scalp the reward for success.
Knockara Beau - 5/2 888Sport (Free Bet Refund if 2nd by 1/2 length or less)