Silver Tassie tops Kelso weights
The Howard family’s veteran stayer Silver Tassie will shoulder top weight in Kelso’s 3m2f handicap chase tomorrow (3.40) as he attempts to gain a deserved first win of the season.
Silver Tassie was a never nearer third to Gonalston Cloud over three miles at Wetherby last month, he’s been dropped a pound for his troubles and he’s now below his last winning mark. He’ll stay this longer trip, in fact it might even show him in a better light, the ground is in his favour once more and he’s got course form, having finished third to the high class Yala Enki over tomorrow’s trip just over twelve months ago.
His big weight is obviously a negative but he’s earned it and he’ll again be ridden by Alain Cawley (below), who got no further than the first fence in yesterday’s Grand National on Fergal O’Brien’s Perfect Candidate, in turn bringing down the well fancied Blaklion, hopefully tomorrow’s race won’t be over quite so quickly!
Tim Vaughan has a near 50% strike rate with horses he sends to the Borders, so Richard Johnson’s only ride on the card, Looksnowtlikebrian, will clearly be a warm order, while Streets Of Promise is another long distance traveller and Lowanbehold could be set for a big run off a feather weight.
Our other runner at Kelso is Newroc 1’s Oscar O’Scar, who faces nine opponents in the handicap chase over two miles five and a half furlongs at 3.10.
His close third to Dica at Sedgefield on Boxing Day was a really good effort and the handicapper has left him on the same mark, so we’re pretty hopeful of a big run. He’s a previous course winner and he’s well handicapped on his old form, Fin O’Toole knows him better than anyone and Jimmy Walton’s lightly raced Musselburgh winner Dun Faw Good is likely to prove the biggest danger under our former assistant head girl Catherine Walton.