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Kelso – Report 29th December 2023

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.

YOUNG BUSTER, trained by Fergal O’Brien and ridden by Paddy Brennan, extended his unbeaten record over fences to three-in-a-row in the feature race at Kelso on Friday.

The 13-8 favourite produced a sound round of jumping to see off Gentleman De Mai by two and a quarter lengths in the Children’s Immunology Trust Supporting Chas Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.

“It’s all about educating him bringing him up here and he is learning all the time,” said Brennan. “He’s a lovely prospect and we had no concerns at all about dropping him back in trip.”

Lucinda Russell was on the mark with Traprain Law in the Visit Kelso In 2024 Handicap Chase.

Winning pilot Patrick Wadge, currently riding high in the conditional jockeys’ title race, said: “He jumped for fun out there today considering he’s only still five. I’d say he’d be worth aiming at a nice race but that’s a decision for the trainer and owner.”

Other Scottish success on the card came through Sandy Thomson’s Imaginary Dragon, Nick Alexander’s Atlantic Dancer and Dream Boy, trained by Stuart Coltherd.

Lucinda Russell’s recent hot streak continued when Bois Guillbert landed the opening Welcome To Family Day Handicap Hurdle under Stephen Mulqueen.

Three-time champion jockey Brian Hughes took the opening William Hill Bookmakers Novices’ Hurdle with Donald McCain-trained 1-6 favourite Clody Lane.