Rath An Iuir
TWO runners at Kelso today, as GENTLEMAN DE MAI (1.55) looks to make it back-to-back wins in the Borders. He ran a cracker here in November to narrowly beat No Regrets, with the rest well back. The handicapper has only raised him 3lbs for that effort so while he’s got a career high mark to overcome now and is up in grade, we hope he’s improving enough to cope with that, although he will have to show he handles the softer ground today. He was lined up for the Borders National but that was abandoned, so he’s had a longer break than we anticipated.
He’s a proper stayer so we would have preferred an extra half-mile for him, but hopefully this trip will be long enough. It’s a competitive race but we’d like to think he’ll go well.
RATH AN IUIR (3.52) was a winner of this amateur riders’ handicap last season so is aiming to repeat the feat 12 months on here. He’s actually rated 2lbs lower than before, but Nick Orpwood will only take off three compared to the seven Gearoid Harney did.
Twice we didn’t run him earlier in the season because we didn’t think it was soft enough only to find out later it probably would have been fine for him, which was pretty frustrating. I’m glad today this is the last race on the card because it will be opened up plenty by then and that’s the kind of ground he likes.