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12:35 Kelso

Heavy

Bruce Farms Scottish Borders National Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £26405
  • 4m 0f 90y
  • Class 3
  • 8 runners
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Bruce Farms Scottish Borders National Handicap Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Form: 5471-1

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

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6

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Houston Texas

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

He's been below par at Wetherby, here and at Newcastle on his last three starts; however, he won here (3m2f, soft) last November to make it 4-4 at Carlisle and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will prompt a revival; he'll be in the mix if bouncing back to his best.

13/2

3rd

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:12 Newcastle

Houston Texas

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

in touch with leaders on inner, went third after 4 out, weakened 3 out

15/2

5th

1

19th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 3

16:00 Carlisle

Houston Texas

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Struggling early and pulled up at Wetherby on Boxing Day; however, he has an excellent record here and made it 4-4 at Carlisle when winning in November (3m2f, soft); could play a leading role now back here.

9/4

Form: 1P3-0P C

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

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1

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:30 Kelso

Bushypark

12st 1lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Eventually capitalised upon some help from the handicapper when scoring at Haydock (3m, heavy) in December but has quickly lost his form again this year; needs huge boost from the first-time cheekpieces today.

16/1

6th

2

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

16:30 Uttoxeter

Bushypark

11st 13lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

towards rear but in touch with leaders, some headway before 4 out, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened

7/1

4

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Catterick

Bushypark

11st 1lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Front-runner; Haydock winner in December; won 3m6f North Yorkshire National off 3lb lower here last season but disappointing in that race last month; however, conditions are ideal and he could bounce back.

15/8

OUR TIP

Form: 3133-P CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Filly

OR: 120

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8

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Flower Of Scotland

10st 5lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Sandy Thomson

On a handy mark but has been well below her best over fences this season and needs to turn things around.

16/1

4th

3

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 210y

Class 3

15:40 Carlisle

Flower Of Scotland

11st 7lb

J: William Maggs

T: Sandy Thomson

didn't jump well, pressed leader, not fluent 1st

7/1

8

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Flower Of Scotland

10st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sandy Thomson

Unraced on heavy in Britain; passed three on the run-in when third in Edinburgh National at Musselburgh (near 4m, good to soft; 2lb lower today) last February, restating her strength in stamina after 6l win in the Borders National at Kelso (extended 4m, soft) the time before; showed little 111 days ago on her only run this term, but she's a huge player if reverting to what she showed last season over 4m and her stable is in good form.

15/2

Form: /31/23

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

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3rd

11

25th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

15:35 Haydock

Bali Body

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Won at Sandown (3m, good) in December 2021 on second chase start and then absent until three weeks ago, when staying on for a good second at Wetherby (3m, soft); that was a very pleasing comeback from this lightly raced 8yo and he could take a step forward today; on the shortlist.

9/1

2nd

1

4th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

16:08 Wetherby

Bali Body

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Soft-ground maiden hurdle winner who looked progressive when winning off this mark at Sandown (3m, good) in December 2021 in his second chase; absent since (wind op in interim) and it remains to be seen how much ability he retains, but he returns with yard in good form and the market could guide.

9/1

Form: 22P-10 C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

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4th

1

14th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 7f 199y

Class 4

14:30 Hexham

Destiny Is All

12st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

On the podium for 13 of 17 chase starts, winning four, is effective on slow ground and is back below a winning mark; yard has won three of the last seven renewals, including last year's Patrick Wadge-ridden victor; player, so long as the recent tendency to jump right doesn't resurface.

100/30

6th

6

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Destiny Is All

10st 2lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won on reappearance here (3m2f, good to soft) in October and bounced back from below-par run at Cheltenham when fair third at Ayr (3m, soft) last month; he's 2-2 over fences at Kelso and could play a leading role now back here in a first-time visor (replacing cheekpieces).

6/1

Form: 6225-1 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

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2nd

4

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 70y

Class 3

13:55 Kelso

Gentleman De Mai

11st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Came good over fences at fourth attempt, with hard-fought course win (2m7f, good to soft) on last month's seasonal debut; drew clear of the others with the runner-up that day and a 5lb rise ought to be manageable.

3/1

Form: 1538-8 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 112

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11

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Rath An Iuir

10st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

The new visor (kept since, replacing cheekpieces) worked a treat when he won at Kelso (3m2f, heavy) over Christmas for the second year running; he hasn't sparked that often in the last two years, though, showing little on latest outing; beaten just over 20l when sixth and fifth in the last two Eiders, so others look more solid.

14/1

5th

4

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

12:50 Catterick

Rath An Iuir

11st 10lb

J: Ciaran O’Shea

T: Rose Dobbin

The new visor worked a treat when winning a 3m2f handicap at Kelso (heavy) over Christmas for the second year running; 4lb rise won't prevent another bold show if he's as good again (not guaranteed).

11/4

1st

2

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 39y

Class 4

15:32 Kelso

Rath An Iuir

11st 8lb

J: Mr Nick Orpwood

T: Rose Dobbin

Behind Camp Belan and soundly beaten on last month's seasonal debut but now 2lb lower than when winning this race a year ago (heavy) and has obvious claims if back on song; swaps cheekpieces for first-time visor.

11/2

Form: P4P-61 C

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 111

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4

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:55 Ayr

Niceandeasy

11st 10lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Stayed on gamely to score at Kelso (3m2f, soft; first-time tongue-tie) in November but was below that form the following month (albeit on heavy ground) and has become difficult to predict; younger rivals appeal more.

12/1

5th

7

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Niceandeasy

10st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

Returned to hurdling for last two starts and it paid off last time when he was always front rank to win seven-runner race at Kelso (3m2f, soft; acts on heavy); tongue tied for the first time that day, so maybe he's turned a corner; back up 3lb but his form of previous seasons (up to last December) was significantly better.

4/1

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Verdict

The shortlist is headed by the comparatively unexposed contenders GENTLEMAN DE MAI and Bali Body in that order of preference. The selection scored here last month and looks open to further improvement, while the second choice is lightly raced and has returned from a layoff in promising form. Last year’s winner Flower Of Scotland is third choice, ahead of Destiny Is All.[Steve Boow]