Trainer travels 602-mile round trip to Kelso with one runner on Sunday

Kelso Racecourse

It’s a long old way up from Oxfordshire to the Scottish Borders town of Kelso, a 602-mile round trip in fact. To do that with just a single runner on a Sunday suggests that connections think that they are sending a winner there. Keep reading to find out what horse is making the journey.

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Charlie Longsdon is the trainer in question and it’s his Almazhar Garde who is on the long trip up to Kelso. That is interesting as he also took that long trip back in November to win a similar race over a slightly shorter trip at this track from just a three-pound lower mark.

He was always up with the pace on that occasion, grinding things out in the manner of a horse who would enjoy further. He was given a substantial step up in trip at the Cheltenham Festival when things didn’t really go to plan. Never able to get close to the pace that day, he did well in the circumstances to plug on into seventh.

This is a big step back down in class with connections adding cheekpieces into the equation for the first time. Just five rivals to take on here, he should be able to get things his own way on this occasion and that might just make him a very hard horse to pass up the climb to the line.

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