We love having runners at Kelso and the track’s return to action this afternoon, together with Perth’s finale meeting next week, really does signify that the main jumps season is just around the corner.
We have three runners today, starting off with Elmono in the 2m5f handicap chase. He hasn’t quite been at his best of late, but this is a significant drop in class and his latest third at Cartmel was a step in the right direction.
Aurora Thunder makes her reappearance in the following 2m5f handicap hurdle having signed off last season with an excellent second in a quality mares’ handicap at the Scottish national meeting. She should be capable of further improvement this season, but she takes on race-fit rivals this afternoon and is expected to progress with this outing under her belt.
Fethard Glory showed promise in a couple of starts in Ireland last autumn and makes her debut for the yard in the concluding mares’ bumper. If she can reproduce the form she showed when fourth at Punchestown she would be competitive, but she is bred to be a stayer and the best of her won’t be seen until she tackles longer trips over obstacles.