Racings tips: A Top Notch runner at Kelso

Tom Scudamore needs 10 jumps winners to reach 1,000. Picture: Getty
Tom Scudamore needs 10 jumps winners to reach 1,000. Picture: Getty
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Nicky Henderson’s Top Notch is a warm order to land the Timeform Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso today.

A neck second to stablemate Peace And Co in last year’s Triumph Hurdle, he faces just three rivals in the £25,000 feature race at the Borders track.

Henderson, who has saddled six winners from just nine runners in the past five seasons at Kelso, said: “It’s a nice race for him and we’ve had runners in it before – Simonsig won it four years ago.”

David Pipe-trained Grand National entry Soll also takes on four opponents in the Ivan Straker Chase. “I’ve fond memories of Kelso as I had my first winner as a trainer there in 2006,” Somerset-based Pipe said. Tom Scudamore, who partners Soll, reached a milestone at Musselburgh yesterday when he rode his 1,000th career winner on Impulsive American in the racinguk.com/anywhere Maiden Hurdle.

Scudamore, whose former champion jockey father Peter rode 1,638 winners, said: “They were keeping track of my winners down at David Pipe’s so I knew I was just one short. In all I’ve had 990 over jumps and ten on the Flat so it would be nice to get to the 1,000 jumping now.”

Soll’s most likely rival is Corrin Wood who, despite his lack of recent good form, may be worth a small wager.

TIPS

CHELMSFORD

5.35 Ms Eboracum

6.10 Sabaani

6.40 Coorg

7.10 Supersta (nap)

7.40 Bridge Of Sighs

8.10 Bracken Brae

FONTWELL

2.20 Bagging Turf

2.55 Olympian Boy

3.30 Pine Warbler

4.05 Merchant Of Milan

4.40 What A Scorcher

5.10 Passing Du Moulin

KELSO

1.20 Western Rules

1.55 Blue Kascade

2.30 Top Notch

3.05 Corrin Wood

3.40 Mount Haven

4.15 Cave Hunter

4.50 Randy Pike

LEICESTER

2.10 Oficial Ben

2.45 Stilletto

3.20 Global Dream

3.55 De Kerry Man

4.30 Broken Eagle

5.00 Wayward Frolic

DOUBLE

Supersta

7.10 Chelmsford

Top Notch

2.30 Kelso