Who To Follow At Kelso On Saturday - 04/03/23

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Kelso - March 04 2023
Kelso 14:25
Richard Patrick

Nemean Lion

J: Richard Patrick
T: Kerry Lee
Age: 6
Weight: 11-5
OR: 131
Days: 56

A superb event from Kelso is the Grade Two Premier Novices' Hurdle over 2m2f and stepping back in class Nemean Lion for Kerry Lee looks sure to go well.

A very consistent performer on all three of his starts over hurdles this term, making his debut at Hereford in November on good to soft ground, he went on to bolt up by close to 10 lengths.

Sent into a better race next time out at Haydock under a penalty he ran a cracker to finish second to the likeable Hullnback for Fergal O'Brien who has since won again.

Stepped up into the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle last time out in tough conditions he showed his versatility to battle all the way to line to finish a close third behind the very talented Tahmuras.

Although another a difficult event the better conditions will help him and this is easier and based solely on form he is the one to be on.


Trainer To Follow - Dan Skelton

Dan Skelton sends a strong team to Kelso on Saturday starting in the opener with Sholokjack looking to make it back to back wins in Handicap Chases.

The Skelton's then field L'Eau Du Sud who looks an exciting five year old who has been well backed for this event and off 131 might have some in hand.

Hoe Joly Smoke has been a consistent performer this season and is looking to take his form to the next level in the Grade Two Premier Novices' Hurdle.

Another big shout on the afternoon is Santos Blue with handy 7lb claimer Ben Sutton taking off 7lb again and this six year old could still be well in off 120.

The teams final big chance of the afternoon and arguably their best is Le Milos who is looking to have a solid prep run before heading to the Grand National.

Jockey To Follow - Donagh Meyler

Irishman Donagh Meyler could have a big day at Kelso coming across the Irish Sea to ride for Emmet Mullins who has some nice chances.

His first big runner of the afternoon comes in the Morebattle Hurdle with Mctigue looking to use his weight for age allowance to his advantage dropping back into a handicap.

For the same connections Feronily is shoved into the Grade Two Premier Novices' Hurdle on timber debut having some nice form in bumpers this season.

Meyler then gets the leg up of the JP McManus owned The Shunter who is looking to score at Kelso for a second season, this time over fences.

Meyler heads into the weekend in fantastic form running at a strike rate of 22% for the last two weeks with two wins from his last nine rides.