Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:27 11/01/2015
Thankfully Kelso survived today's 6.45am inspection as the feature race on the card at 2.10 looks a fascinating contest with a number of familiar names fighting it out for Leg 1 of The Veteran's Chase Series including the eleven-year-old Cape Tribulation, winner at both the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals in 2012 as well as a victory over a Gold Cup hero in Imperial Commander in the 2013 Argento Chase at Prestbury Park.
Malcolm Jefferson's sprightly son of Hernando proved there is life in the old dog yet with a creditable second in the William Hill Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day and despite running off a 4lb higher mark should take plenty of beating at the Borders track. In receipt of a stone however it is another eleven-year-old who is taken to come out on top on this occasion in the shape of Lie Forrit, the mount of Peter Buchanan.
Rated 144 over hurdles Lucinda Russell's Subtle Power gelding is no back number over the bigger obstacles and off a 12lb lower mark looks weighted to take the 3m 2f contest at a venue where the horse's form figures read 2-1-2-6-2-1. At Kelso last March Lie Forrit proved too good for Neptune Equester and fellow rival Lackamon off 140 and meets Sue Smith's charge on 10lb better terms while the runner-up has recently ran out an easy winner over subsequent scorer Scotswell in the Scottish Borders National at the course last month.
The Venetia Williams stable challenges with last season's Scottish Grand National fifth Summery Justice but the mount of Alain Cawley will need to improve upon two disappointing runs this campaign while David Pipe's Grand Sefton winner Poole Master will find it tough trying to concede weight to his seven opponents, leaving Lie Forrit as the value of the race at the 7-2 available with Ladbrokes.