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Kelso- Preview 29th December 2022

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.

NICK ALEXANDER is looking for more success at Kelso on Thursday with his Kinneston raider Ned Tanner.

The Connor O’Farrell-ridden gelding faces eleven rivals in the £16,000 Children’s Immunology Trust Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase over 2m 6f.

Alexander said: “He didn’t like the ditch on his debut over fences at Kelso in November but he did the job nicely back there just before Christmas.

“It’s over a little shorter and he’s a pound higher but it should be fine. Hopefully he will go close again and I’m expecting a big run.”

Opposition to Ned Tanner includes borders pair Brayhill and Donna’s Double trained respectively by James Ewart and Sandy Thomson.

Donna’s Double makes the short trip from Greenlaw following a breathing operation while previous course winner Brayhill arrives up the A7 from Langholm equipped with first-time cheekpieces.

The likely favourite is Warren Greatrex-trained Bill Baxter, who has been raised 7lbs for an easy victory at Lingfield in November.

Selkirk-based Stuart Coltherd will fancy his chances with recent course and distance winner Wheelbari in the £15,000 Visit Kelso in 2023 Handicap Chase.

Ridden by son Sam, he was a cosy scorer early last month and is likely to be involved again off just 3lbs higher.

Sandy Thomson’s Cedar Hill bids for a fifth Kelso success while Corrieben Reiver represents Hawick handler Ewan Whillans.