Kelso has had some rain already and is due more tonight so our gamble of declaring soft ground horses may come off. We had plenty of rain this morning; pictured is second lot at Arlary circling at the top of the gallops.
American Tom returns to the track having been in good form at home; a free-going sort he has been settled recently and while we will find out more about him tomorrow this is a good starting point for him. Previously a chase winner for Willie Mullins we have schooled him over fences and he has that option later on this autumn.
Shanroe Street has been running consistently this season and he will be suited by the 3m2f trip. He has a couple of longer distance chases in his sights later on and is a horse who deserves to win again for his owners.
In the two mile novice hurdle, we run the debutant Otello Moor. We were very pleased with his bumper run at Perth when fourth and this young horse should shape up into a chaser in time. He starts out tomorrow at a fair track and a trip that may be on the short side, but it will be a good introduction for him.
Otello Moor's brother runs in the three mile novice chase later on; a tall horse Slainte Mhor is still to fully strengthen but he has come on for his novice chase debut last month and should be competitive. Our Hexham scorer Speak Of The Devil will be trotted up before we decide to take him to Kelso, but if he runs he should enjoy the track.
Looks Like Murt won the novice chase on this card last year, and he is having a seasonal debut over hurdles; still a novice hurdler there are few suitable chases for him and if the ground is on the heavy side he should enjoy the task.
Conversely, Izzy's Champion would not want it too soft, but he will also enjoy a spin over the smaller obstacles to set him up for the rest of the season.