Following the abandonment of Fakenham, hopefully the meeting at Kelso goes ahead as planned as it is to the Scottish Borders track we go for today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions.
The feature race on the card is the Class 2 two mile five and a half furlong handicap chase at 3.05pm. We will provide a Horse Racing tip for this six-runner contest together with the races taking place at 1.00pm and 2.00pm.
“Tip of the Day” – Word Has It – 2.00pm Kelso
Despite finishing only third behind two of today’s rivals over course and distance last month, Brian Hughes’ mount is fancied to come out on top this time with that run under his belt.
Soivegotachance (Longshot) – 1.00pm Kelso
It is easy to make a case out for many of the runners in this Class 4 handicap hurdle, in particular Goodtimes Badtimes, Bullion Boss and Travail D’Orfevre. However, it could pay to take a chance on the Daragh Bourke-trained Soivegotachance based on his promising third over today’s course and distance as a novice last November.
The mount of Harry Reed ran better than his final position of fifth would suggest on his most recent start at Sedgefield last month. After making much of the running at the County Durham track, the seven-year-old looked like finishing second until losing three places in the final strides.
On just his seventh start over hurdles, the son of Imperial Monarch is capable of plenty more improvement and can prove the each-way value in an open race.
Word Has It (NAP) – 2.00pm Kelso
Of the five runners for this handicap hurdle, three ran against each other over today’s course and distance last month with Stainsby Girl coming out on top, beating Elvis Mail into second with Word Has It back in third.
On today’s revised terms there should be little to choose between the trio once again. But it is the Donald McCain-trained Word Has It who is fancied to reverse the placings on this occasion in the hands of champion jockey elect Brian Hughes.
The lightly-raced eight-year-old won his final two starts of last season, novice hurdle contests at Carlisle and here at Kelso, before making his debut over fences on his seasonal reappearance at Haydock in December.
The son of Jeremy got no farther than the first fence when falling at the Merseyside racecourse before returning to the smaller obstacles for the gelding’s most recent start. Word Has It travelled well in what was in effect his first run of the campaign until making a mistake at the final flight, going on to be beaten a little over four lengths.
The selection should strip much fitter with than run under his belt and is taken to come out on top this time with joint bottom weight McGowan’s Pass expected to follow him home.
The Mighty Arc (Next Best) – 3.05pm Kelso
Only six runners for this Class 2 handicap chase but a fascinating contest all the same. Joint top weights Riders Onthe Storm and Silver Hallmark are capable of going close on their best form but have questions to answer based on recent efforts, a remark which also applies to the promising Empire Steel who has failed to complete the course on the grey’s last two starts.
The ultra-consistent Pay The Piper looks sure to run another big race following two narrow misses. But the horse who makes most appeal in receipt of plenty of weight from his five rivals is the Charlie Longsdon-trained The Mighty Arc.
The Arcadio gelding is two from three since going chasing and seemed to appreciate the step up to this kind of trip on his most recent start at Sedgefield when recording a comfortable victory without being extended.
A rise of 7lb for that five length win looks more than fair for Brian Hughes’ mount who can give the leading jockey yet another success.
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