Conditions are set to be fairly testing at Kelso on Thursday. The current going description is soft and with scattered showers expected, there’s little chance of it drying up. With this in mind, we’ve picked out three horses who should relish the soft going. These horses have proven form on the ground and will cut through the mud more easily than most. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Bestiarius (4-1, William Hill) is a 10-year-old veteran with a liking for mud. Two of his better performances have come on soft or heavy and he has a 33 per cent strike-rate on heavy ground. Kelso is also a good track for him as he runs his race here more often that not. Three placed efforts in four starts is a fair record. Perhaps unfortunate to receive a 2lb rise for his second last time out but the ground should help him to bridge the gap.
Hoganville (10-3, William Hill) is two from two on good to soft ground, his first two starts for this new yard. His poor record on good ground would suggest it’s the soft part of the equation which suits this horse. Chasing a hat-trick here and on the evidence of his last win, the extra two furlongs will suit. 7lb claimer Conor Rabbitt clearly gets on well with the horse and the partnership can blossom again here.
Jen’s Georgie (5-2, William Hill) looks capable of scoring on this sort of ground despite still being a maiden. She has placed three times in four starts on soft and heavy ground which suggests she’s a proper mud lover. Narrowly denied when second by a neck in a Wetherby maiden last time out and should improve on handicap debut. Definitely looks capable and this could be the day.
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