Steve Hughes has selections for the two big races on Kelso’s Sunday card.
Having lost a couple of meetings to the weather recently, Kelso have had better luck today and will go ahead. It is a decent card too with two class 2 handicaps to get stuck into.
Kelso 1.40: Chti Balko
Although it will be a big ask to give lumps of weight all round in a classy event, Chti Balko is proving a useful pacesetter over 2m and can make it four wins in a row at this distance on soft/heavy.
Able to dominate at Haydock last time he was at least 3l clear for most of the way and showed no signs of stopping around that sharp track. It was pretty much the same situation when he won at the same track in the spring – and immediately prior to that he had won by no less than 40l at Catterick.
Both tracks are sharp, left-handed circuits, as is Kelso, bar the stiffer run-in. The ground is in his favour once more today and he ought to be able to get an easy enough lead today.
Kelso 2.15: Takingrisks
In a race where stamina doubts exist over a few of the main contenders, no such worries exist with Takingrisks who looks to build on a promising reappearance at Doncaster last month.
Versatile as regards to ground conditions, he has won on good, but is a multiple winner on soft and heavy. His last win came at this track over just a furlong further – and he also won over hurdles on his only other visit to this venue.
Considering the 2m3f distance was probably below his best, especially on quick ground when he returned at Doncaster last month, he performed with credit, finishing second to Markov. He can race off the same mark of 130 today – his last winning rating, and provided he can keep up over the first 2m, I can see him seeing out the race the best close home.
1pt win – Chti Balko – 1.40 Kelso – 5/1 general
1pt win – Takingrisks – 2.15 Kelso – 7/2 general