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Kelso- Preview 4th May 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.

Locally-trained Lissen To The Lady bids for a fourth course success at Kelso on Wednesday.


Sandy Forster’s mare, who gained three course and distance wins at the borders track last season, is again ridden by regular partner Jo Walton as she faces eight rivals in the Aitken Turnbull Architects Handicap Hurdle.


Forster, a granddaughter of the late Ken Oliver, said: “She’s been totally amazing for us and it’s always good to have a winner just down the road. Jo knows her really well and they are a great team but she’s gone up 9lbs for her latest win early last month so it’s a big ask off 102.”


Rivals to Lissen To The Lady include stable companion Dr Shirocco, a winning Irish point to pointer, who only joined Forster late last summer, and Sandy Thomson’s Goodtimes Badtimes, owned by the Chicken Hutch Racers, a syndicate name after the iconic metal-roofed bar at Kelso.


Thomson also saddles course and distance scorer Cedar Hill in the £15,000 Bedmax Handicap Chase in which Dianne Sayer’s seven-timer Cartmel winner Tonto’s Spirit attempts to secure a rare victory away from his favourite Lake District venue.