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Why Not Dream schooling

FOUR runners heading to Kelso today for their penultimate meeting before they take a summer break.

First up COSMIC OUTLAW (1.40) lines up in the three-mile handicap chase with Dylan Johnston riding. He came down at Wetherby last time after just three fences and that came on the back of pulling up at Doncaster the time before, so it goes without saying that getting a clear round is top priority today. Heading back to Kelso will be a help, as he won there over hurdles in October, beating a horse who has gone on to win a couple since so that form looks solid. He’s a decent jumper so hopefully no mishaps today and with Dylan’s 7lbs claim coming off, hopefully we can be in the shake up.

Dylan will also ride FIRTH OF FORTH (2.15) who is looking to get back on track after three below par efforts in the last 12 months. He fractured his pelvis last season so has taken a bit of time to get over that. We have given him plenty of time to recover from that so hopefully he’ll be ready to bounce back soon. Dropping down the weights in the handicap will hopefully help, as he’s now 10lbs lower than his opening mark before the claim is removed and having finished second at Kelso in the past we’re hoping a return to this track will spark life back into him once again.

WHY NOT DREAM (2.50) is a mare who has joined us from the Morrison-Bells and makes her debut this afternoon. She’s done everything we have asked of her since coming into training so while she lacks the experience of the others in this two-and-a-half mile novice, hopefully we’ll see a bit of what she’s shown at home on the track and we’ll get some encouragement for the future. This is a decent race for her starting point, there aren’t too many runners and while we’re expecting her to be a bit green, this will be great for her experience.

ST CUTHBERT’S CAVE (5.10) is another debutant, lining up in the bumper. We bought him in May 2021 so have given him plenty of time to mature and now it’s time to get him on the track. He goes grand at home and has had a racecourse gallop at the track a few weeks ago. As always with bumpers, it’s about the future so we’ll be delighted to see some promise for further down the line.

HERMANN CLERMONT also goes in the hunters’ chase for Will Ramsay, running under Dobbs’ name. Unfortunately Will got a crashing fall a few months ago and broke his ribs so John Dawson rides. He ran below par in his last point at Corbridge last month where the ground was too soft, but it won’t be that today and hopefully he’ll run a lot better today. He’s a past winner for Gordon Elliott so has form under rules and we’d like to think he’ll run a nice race.

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