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  • 14:00 Liz Adam Memorial Handicap Chase3m 2f

  • £25,000 added 5yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £16,245 2nd £4,770 3rd £2,385 4th £1,192
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 6m 53.60s
  • Off time: 14:00:21

Malcolm Jefferson raids valuable Kelso card

Last Updated: 21/03/14 9:11pm

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Malcolm Jefferson: Sends a strong team to Kelso

Malcolm Jefferson: Sends a strong team to Kelso

Malcolm Jefferson is looking forward to big runs from three runners at Kelso on Saturday when The Panama Kid spearheads his team in the second race which is live on Channel 4.

The ten-year-old, like his stable companions ridden by Brian Hughes, faces eight rivals in the £25,000 Liz Adam Memorial Handicap Chase.

Jefferson said: "He has gone well at Kelso in the past but he has been creeping back up the weights since winning at Doncaster and Catterick. But his form at the track a few years ago reads well and he won a couple of nice races in the autumn of 2011. He's getting weight from a few others on Saturday and it all helps."

Among those facing The Panama Kid are top-weight Gullinbursti, a rare runner at the borders venue for Emma Lavelle and Donald McCain's Sydney Paget.

Next up for Jefferson is Our Boy Ben in the Jedforest Deer Park Handicap Hurdle.

The Malton trainer added: "He's coming back after a short break. He won a novice race at Hexham in November on heavy but he could improve for this better ground.

"He's working nicely and looking well at the moment. This will be his first handclap but I think his mark of 110 is quite harsh and he may also need the run."

Newcomer Major Ivan completes the trio of Jefferson runners in a competitive-looking Kelso Races A Great Day Out Standard Open NH Flat Race.

"He's co-owned by the late Ivan Straker's wife and he's a nice type," Jefferson said. "I quite like him and hopefully he will run well but he will also come on for the run as he's only five."

The second race at Kelso is another valuable event as the Bentley Homes Handicap Hurdle carries £25,000 in prize money.

Lucinda Russell's Lie Forrit, a late withdrawal at Cheltenham last week, concedes weight all round to his eight opponents.

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