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  • 15:05 1.25 Million Scoop6 Premier Kelso Hurdle 2m 2f

  • (Grade 2 Novices' Hurdle) £35,000 added 4yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £19,932 2nd £7,480 3rd £3,745 4th £1,866
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 32.20s
  • Off time: 15:05:54

View from connections: totepool.com Premier Kelso Hurdle

Last Updated: 28/02/14 2:13pm

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Wilson Renwick: Rides Clever Cookie

Wilson Renwick: Rides Clever Cookie

Clever Cookie bids to maintain his excellent record when he lines-up for the totepool.com Premier Kelso Hurdle at the Borders track on Saturday.

The six-year-old has won four of his six starts and finished second in the other two. He holds an entry in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham, but trainer Peter Niven is currently looking no further than this Grade Two test.

"Hopefully as long as it's not too soft he should run a big race," said the North Yorkshire handler. "It's an option we've always had, obviously it would be nice if he didn't have a 7lb penalty.

"I think he's progressive and this race ties in nicely. We won't think about Cheltenham at this moment in time."

Mister Nibbles is the chosen one ahead of stablemates Man With Van and Fine Rightly from three Stuart Crawford entries.

The County Antrim trainer travels to the Borders track with high hopes for the six-year-old, who opened his account in a two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle at Leopardstown five weeks ago.

"He's in good form, he's been schooling well and hopefully the drying ground will suit him," said Crawford. "It's a good race to have a crack at, it's a good pot and a fairly open race.

"I had three horses entered in it and it boiled down to the ground. I'd have been happy for any of them to take their chance. Hopefully the ground will be in this boy's favour."

Hit The Top has a few pounds to find on known form but his trainer Sue Smith reports him to be in tip-top shape.

"Obviously he's got to improve a bit, but he's going to go there in good form anyway," said the Bingley handler.

Donald McCain has his fingers crossed a bad fall at Musselburgh when Clever Cookie was successful four weeks ago will not have affected Franciscan.

"He had a heavy fall the last day but seems OK. It's worth taking a chance in quite an open race," said the Cheshire trainer.

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