Today's racecards

Kelso

  • 15:55 NSPCC School Service Intermediate Hurdle2m 6f 110y

  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 45.30s
  • Off time: 15:55:38
15:55 Kelso Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Aikman (IRE) 5/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 F21176- RED, BLACK triple diamond, sleeves and diamonds on cap Aikman (IRE) 177
Nag me
7 11-12 J Ewart B Hughes 135 5/42.25
2 1P231-2 EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW sash and star on cap Arctic Court (IRE) 148
Nag meBeaten Favourite
7 11-12 J S Goldie Timmy Murphy 130 5/42.25
6 1620- Yellow, Light Blue sleeves, Dark Blue cap The Starboard Bow 200
Nag me
4 11-4 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 125 9/25.50
7 2F34- BLACK, EMERALD GREEN hoop, armlets and cap African Flora (IRE) 168
Nag me
7 10-5 R Johnson K Johnson 40/141.00
Non runners
3421158-Vosges (FR)411-11J EwartNon Runner126
42/61224-Eighteen Carat (IRE)711-5D McCain JnrHenry Brooke117
533P2-17Milano Supremo (IRE)611-5C GrantA L Voy99

Verdict

This is tricky as none of these have a recent run to their name and caution is advised. However, this looks a good starting point for AIKMAN from the upwardly mobile Ewart yard, following a pleasing campaign last term when including the Sidney Banks Hurdle at Huntingdon from Minella Class amongst his successes. Not disgraced at the top level at Cheltenham and Aintree, he should progress this season whatever his fate here. Arctic Court plied his trade in competitive handicaps last term and his sole run of the current campaign was back in May when a fine second to Liberate in a well-contested Haydock affair. He looks progressive as does the sole four-year-old, The Starboard Bow, who was far from disgraced in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival when last seen.