LiveScore Racing Preview: Kelso, January 16, 2022

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15/01/202218:00
Kelso's six-race card over the jumps is our focus for Sunday's racing action
Kelso's six-race card over the jumps is our focus for Sunday's racing action

UK jumps action on Sunday comes from the Scottish borders as Kelso stages a six-race offering. 

Ground conditions are set to be 'Soft-good to soft in places' with racing scheduled to take place from 1.05pm until 3.40pm at Roxburghshire track. 

We have selected five to follow on the card. 

1.05pm - White Swan Handicap Chase (2m5½f)

Having taken so well to chasing, the hat-trick may well beckon here for PITEMPTON POWER

He was a seven-race maiden over hurdles but has quickly won his first two over the larger obstacles. 

He had more to spare than the winning margin at Carlisle (2m, soft) last month and then was authoritative at Musselburgh (2m4½f, good to soft) on New Year's Day — getting stronger the further he went. 

He is 8lb higher here but the longer journey is another positive and this mark should be within reach. 

LiveScore selection: Pitempton Power 

1.35pm - Visitkelso.com Handicap Hurdle (2m)

She couldn't bag a win when trained by Dr Richard Newland but EVITA DU MESNIL managed to get her head in front three times last season after joining Daragh Bourke. 

Those wins all came at 2m/2m1f on testing ground, so any mention of soft in the going description here will be to her aid. 

She has not fired in two runs this term but the assessor drops her to within 1lb of her last win-mark now and her claiming rider further eases the burden. 

They have won together before and could go well here. 

LiveScore selection: Evita Du Mesnil 

2.10pm - William Hill Bookmakers Novices' Hurdle (2m)

Nicky Richards' Soft Risk renews rivalry with Believe Jack
Nicky Richards' Soft Risk renews rivalry with Believe Jack

This has the look of a duel with SOFT RISK and Believe Jack the main protagonists on paper. 

Olly Murphy's new recruit made a winning stable bow at Hereford in November on good ground and is getting 12lb from his main rival here, allowing for Lewis Stones' claim, but Soft Risk was a wide-margin C&D winner last month for Nicky Richards, taking his record to 3-3 under rules. 

He did that on the bridle and looks to have the scope to concede that weight en route to more success. 

LiveScore selection: Soft Risk 

2.40pm - Kelso Betting Ring Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle (2m)

Word Has It fell on chasing bow four weeks ago at Haydock and reverts back to hurdling here. 

He is a C&D winner and could go well for the Donald McCain/Brian Hughes axis. 

ELVIS MAIL has three wins on his CV over track and trip here and he, too, was sent back hurdling at Aintree (2m4f, soft) last month where he ran a solid fourth in a better grade than this. 

Everything points to a big run from him now. 

LiveScore selection: Elvis Mail 

3.10pm - Chairman's Cup Handicap Chase (2m7½f)

Big River won this race when it was run previously in 2020 for Lucinda Russell and has a good shot at defending, though it will be easily the shortest journey he has tackled since that win here and stamina is becoming more of a key trait for him. 

That was evident when he wore down CASH TO ASH in the Borders National over four miles here last month. 

That rival has since finished second in the Lincolnshire National at Market Rasen on Boxing Day — ensuring he has been second in all three starts this season. 

His most recent success in March was over this sort of trip and a return to it may be the key now. 

Mister Whitaker and Saint Xavier also have their merits in a wide open contest. 

LiveScore selection: Cash To Ash

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