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Kelso – Report 14th January 2024

Gordon Brown – Race Reporter

Gordon has a wealth of experience of racing through his background in the written and broadcast media. His current principle role is reporting and supporting the scene in Scotland on Racing TV and relaying the latest news with Scottish angles.

Special Rate won his sixth race of a very productive season when taking the £15,000 feature at a chilly Kelso on Sunday.

Ridden by Ross Chapman, the Philip Kirby-trained 15-2 chance landed the Chairman’s Cup Handicap Chase by just over two lengths from Jet Legs.

“Phil and his team have done a great job as not many horses win six times in a season and he’s maybe not done with yet,” Chapman said. “Perhaps due to the longer trip, he jumped and travelled better than he did at Wetherby on Boxing Day and he had to tough it out in the end.”

Stuart Coltherd’s Silver Vision sprung a 25-1 upset in the opening Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle while another Scottish-trained winner came in the shape of Ginger Mail for Nick Alexander in the Kelso Betting Ring Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle.

Lucinda Hughes, wife of three-time champion jump jockey Brian Hughes, enjoyed a winner with her first runner under Rules as 4-6 favourite Super Citizen took the hunter chase in the experienced hands of Nick Orpwood.