Kelso preview - 29 December
NICK ALEXANDER is keeping his fingers crossed Kelso survives the weather on Saturday as the Fife trainer has four runners with decent chances at the borders track.
All are partnered by the Kinneston handler's daughter Luck and first up is Milano Magic in the Children's Immunology Trust 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle.
Alexander said: "He was second over course and distance in October on his first run for us and he was third in a beginners' chase at Hexham last time. We're trying the cheek-pieces on again and, as it's not too a competitive race, he shouldn't be far away."
Caught In The Act bids to put a dismal run at Hexham behind him in the Timeform Race Passes Handicap Hurdle and his trainer added: "He won over course and distance in the autumn and we don't know what went wrong when he pulled up at Hexham on what was very, very bad ground. He's won on heavy at Kelso and it just seems to get worse than anywhere else at Hexham."
Little Glenshee has a win and two seconds from her three starts this term and goes again for connections in the Middlemiss Embroidery Mares' Novices' Hurdle.
Alexander said: "The race comes very quickly after she was a cracking runner-up in a Listed hurdle at Haydock last Saturday. She seems fresh and well but you will never know for sure until about half-way on this next run."
The yard's final runner is Or de Grugy who is on a hat-trick in the Timeform Jury Handicap Chase.
"He's won his last two at Musselburgh and Kelso and loves Kelso as he has been successful five times there," Alexander said. "We've been waiting for this race and I'm hoping he will run very well as he is great form also handles the ground."