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Kelso – Preview 12th September 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.

Michael Scudamore is hoping Czech Her Out can follow up her Perth strike at Kelso’s opening meeting of the autumn even though he doesn’t officially train the mare yet. 

The Welsh Grand National-winning handler, who joined forces with Lucinda Russell earlier in the summer, expects to be on hand to saddle the nine-year-old in the RBC Brewin Dolphin Handicap Hurdle, which is a qualifier for the Challenger Stayers Hurdle Series Final.

“We brought up around 20 horses and she was the first of the bunch to win when she went in at Perth on August 1,” said Scudamore, who is the son of Russell’s partner and assistant, the eight-time champion jump jockey Peter Scudamore.

He added: “It was such a significant moment and extra special as it came at what is now our local track. If things go to plan both Lucinda and myself will both have our names on a joint- licence from October 1.”

In what appears a fiercely competitive first race, Jonjo O’Neill’s Judicial Law and Ian Williams-trained Captain Tommy look the main dangers.

Impressive Bangor-On-Dee scorer Pull Again Green bids to defy an 8lb rise in the Abbey Fine Wines Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.

An eight-length winner just over three weeks ago, he is just the second Kelso ride for Liam Harrison while his Cotswolds trainer Fergal O’Brien boasts a handsome 41 per-cent strike-rate at the borders venue.